About Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement Project

Overview

The objective of the Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement Project (LEVE) is to help our Haitian partners create economic growth through capacity building and job creation. Prior to the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti faced high levels of unemployment, income inequality, and a limited tax base.  The earthquake destroyed productive infrastructure, human capital, and inventory, requiring Haiti to rebuild as well as increase economic opportunity.  In an effort to assist Haiti to rebuild and to grow its economy, USAID is funding the LEVE project along with other important initiatives, such as helping to repair and rebuild damaged infrastructure, encouraging policies that promote a business friendly environment, and expanding access to financial products.

LEVE will target micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in an effort to work with them to improve and enhance their capacity. LEVE will also work with technical and vocational schools to help them improve their course of study and job placement. In the Port-au-Prince corridor, LEVE is providing assistance to agribusiness, construction, and the apparel/textile industry. In the St. Marc corridor, it is assisting the agribusiness sector, and in the Cap-Haitian corridor, it is assisting the construction and apparel/textile sector. By working with the private sector and workforce providers, LEVE will encourage the development of more inclusive and productive value chains. The “value chain approach” is an innovative economic tool that views a market system—from input suppliers to end market buyers— designed to improve competitiveness and enlarge the potential for rapid growth.

Objectives

LEVE will facilitate more productive and inclusive value chains that will contribute to broad-based economic growth. LEVE contributes to USAID’s objective of increasing food and economic security.

Activities

  • Enable MSMEs to engage with other value chain actors to increase output, income, and employment: MSMEs’ success will help counter the highly skewed distribution of wealth in Haiti and support a fledgling middle class.
  • Increase MSMEs access to a productive labor pool with relevant skills and competencies: USAID will implement new approaches to vocational training and supplement basic education with practical work-place skills.
  • Identify and improve synergy among existing projects and activities: The impact of USAID’s projects will be magnified through greater coordination.
  • Improve the capacity of Haitian organizations to implement projects and manage USG funds to ensure efficiency and sustainability of development efforts.

Anticipated Results

  • Greater integration of MSMEs into selected value chains;
  • Improved skills and competencies of the labor pool;
  • More responsive workforce organizations to private sector demand; and
  • Improved synergy among existing projects and programs.