Transforming slum into Tourist attractions and Entrepreneurship Hub, the vision of two young entrepreneurs in Haiti, who are using their expertise in urban development to create a significant impact in the tourism sector. Urban development and management are crucial for developing countries like Haiti, gradually many are leaving the countryside to migrate in biggest cities with more opportunities; as a result, more slums are being built, and the crime rate in these areas are also growing. With a population of more than 11 million people, if nothing is done, Haiti cities might be transformed into markets, as it is the case in some cities already.
I’m personally a big fan of Urban planning, I’m not an expert, but I do understand its importance in the development of a country and its role in fostering change within specific industries such as tourism. Daphnee Charles and Ralph Emmanuel Francois are leading this growing sector in Haiti though COCREAD. The young social enterprise just finishes its first project in Canape-vert, in Port-au-Prince, where they help remodeling houses and re-structured the environment to facilitate the access to local and foreign tourists, who like to visit the place. As a result, several small businesses have been created by the locals to serve those who visit the site.
Recently in Aruba, Daphne said she had been inspired by her mother a small business owner who tirelessly work to raise her kids and give them access to the best education in the country. Ralph has a similar story, but for him, he was the neighborhood where he grew up that inspired him to co-create the company. Their first project has been very successful, and it speaks for itself. The young organization also work with different entrepreneurs in the area to create typical products such as sandals, bags, etc. and sell them to those who are visiting the neighborhood. The two young leaders have been contacted to extend their talent in Cap-Haitien, A city that is facing the same overpopulation issue; they are ready to contribute to the development of this town and share their knowledge with people in the area. Next year, November 2018, the COCREAD Founders are invited to join the first tourism Innovation event in Cap-Haitien.
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