Cap-Haitian, Port-au-Prince, St. Marc





Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investments (LEAD)

Leveraging Effective Applications of Direct Investments (LEAD) is a USAID-funded project that aims to attract investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are based in Haiti, as well as increase the development impact of remittances. The LEAD project operates in the three development corridors of Cap-Haitian, Saint Marc, and Port-au-Prince and is implemented by PADF.

Focus on SMEs

Haiti’s SMEs are essential to the country’s economic development. However, they often have difficulty accessing financing, which limits their ability to grow and thrive. Haiti’s development also depends on effective social enterprises (SEs), which have been created to address a specific social problem within their communities. These SEs also struggle for funding.

To facilitate access to capital LEAD provided matching grants to leverage investment in SMEs and SEs. LEAD also offers technical assistance to help enterprises implement their business plans and strengthen their operations. Strong SMEs and SEs will create employment and provide economic security, which will lead to long-term economic growth forHaiti.


LEAD works with the Haitian Diaspora to increase the development impact of remittances flowing into the country. Through our partners, LEAD has launched a survey and a series of roadshows to engage the Diaspora and use their input to develop innovative remittance models for Haiti.

The Diaspora will have information about investment opportunities in Haiti, so that they can directly invest in promising enterprises or offer their technical expertise to up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

We invite you to read about the accomplishments of the project to date and learn more about what Haitian enterprises are doing to create a stronger, more prosperous Haiti.

Cap-Haitian, Port-au-Prince, St. Marc