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« If a change will come, we should bring it »

The fourth edition of the Chanpyon contest is launched!

CLE is delighted to build strong partnerships for Haiti’s young entrepreneurs and leaders. We are aware that the climate in which young people live requires even more coaching from mentors. That’s why we continue to invest in innovative ideas and initiatives that bring hope and change to communities. For this fourth edition, we welcome a big change in the original format of this competition: participation is open to anyone who has met the selection criteria. Usually, this contest was only for members of our network, however in order to help as many young Haitians as possible we want to offer this opportunity to anyone who wants to contribute to this coveted change.

In partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Digicel Foundation, our goal is to impact more entrepreneurs and leaders than possible. If you have an idea for an entrepreneurial or community initiative, feel free to click on the link above to apply.

The commitment of Haitian social entrepreneurs is key to emerging from the current socio-economic crisis. These courageous and visionary young Haitians are finding market-driven solutions to systemic challenges, working to transform sectors such as health care and agro-business to build the inclusive, growing, and self-reliant economy that Haiti needs and deserves. CLE and core partners Hope for Haiti, Profin, and our 14 agricultural organizations at the Haiti Food System Alliance and funding partners including W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Global Affairs Canada are building a long-term plan to assess gaps in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and launch strategic and ambitious programming that is as bold as the new generation of Haitian social entrepreneurs and leaders.

Stay tuned to hear about our upcoming activities to deepen this work over the coming years!

Since 2022, our impact to date


Channeled in seed grants

to over 40 youth and women-led social enterprises through six different grant and business competitions.



 registered businesses


social enterprises incubated

providing residential leadership development, technical training and coaching, and peer mentorship

Maëva Jean Baptiste


Community Street Cleaning Enterprise
| South

Rebetha Charles


Food Transformation Business
| Grand Anse

Djimy Saintil


Agro Transformation Enterprise
| Northeast

Marie Dayana Thedal


Organic Beauty Products Enterprise
| Centre

Jean Max Cangé


Chicken Breeding Business
| West

Launch of the Haiti Food System Alliance

After years in the making, CLE is proud to announce the launch of the Haiti Food Systems Alliance (HFSA). This coalition is led by Acceso, a Haitian agricultural business Acceso and partner, and brings together 14 established Haitian businesses and organizations working to improve Haiti’s agricultural sector from the bottom up.
The HFSA leverages the expertise, resources, and reputations of local partners. With the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the alliance will take coordinated actions to put Haiti on a path to food security. CLE is proud to join this milestone effort as a service partner in order to strengthen the capacity of the individuals and organizations who will build a stronger agricultural and food system from the bottom up.


Leadership Programs

Our integrated programs combine skills-based training, innovation research, place-based accompaniment and networking campaigns to enhance the capacities of exemplary Haitian leaders. With a focus on women, youth and communities, we tailor our programs and meet leaders where they are, to help them launch new social change focused initiatives and enterprises and bring change to their communities.



Research initiatives are central to our work. We highlight everyday leaders in Creole-language videos, articles, and publications. We conduct surveys and document local solutions and innovations that address Haiti’s most systemic and engrained issues. These stories inspire others to believe that, they too, can bring much needed change to their own communities.


Strategic Initiatives

Catalyzing leadership requires taking advantage of new opportunities as they arise. Working with close partners, CLE has launched several strategic initiatives that open up new avenues for advancement to the members of our network. These initiatives are integrated throughout our programs, and are diverse and responsive to their interests and goals. They include an accompanied grant fund called POTE KOLE to support locally-led reconstruction efforts after Haiti’s August earthquake as well as during the coronavirus pandemic, Chanpyon Lakay - CLE’s yearly youth leadership competition, women’s mentorship roundtables and more.

Our Impact

CLE programs have engaged a network of over 6000 leaders in all ten departments of Haiti. We have trained 2150 leaders (40% women) and engaged over 850 local organizations in enterprises in our capacity building work. CLE works to directly support local leaders across sectors, and in their regions where they live and work. We know that supporting these leaders’ vision for change, and improving their skills for leadership and enterprise will create the lasting effect we seek across Haiti.

1 %
of our participants

launch new community and economic development activities after participating in CLE programs


Number of additional community members CLE participants engage in community development and progress initiatives, on average, after participating in CLE programs.

10 K

People engaged through participants’ own efforts


Our Partners and Collaborators


Our Community