Haiti Four Years Later: SAP Technology, Funds, and Volunteers Create Jobs
Major disasters generate an outpouring of relief immediately after they occur, and rightly so. But the real measure of support is whether or not it improves people’s lives over time. Four years ago Haiti was rocked by 7.0-magnitude earthquake, leaving widespread devastation in its wake. Much went wrong in the initial aftermath as agencies scrambled to bring humanitarian aid to victims. However, one thing that went right is theYunus Social Business Haiti (YSB Haiti) program. Formed two weeks after the earthquake from a partnership between SAP and Professor Muhammed Yunus of Nobel Peace Prize renown, YSB Haiti has trained over 1,000 youths, and created 300 jobs along with social businesses.
Contrary to what you might think, social business in this context has nothing to do with social media. It’s the moniker for a unique way of fostering economic self-sustainability, especially for people who live in some of Haiti’s most disadvantaged rural communities. Here’s how it works.