To support the economic independence of the Haitian youth it serves, D2C aims to develop a skills-based and sustainable livelihood program in partnership with local businesses in the Jacmel region.
As Haiti rebuilds its infrastructure and reputation as a tourist friendly Caribbean destination, Jacmel is rapidly becoming known as the cultural capital of Haiti for beach-going and adventure travelers. A burgeoning surfing industry is taking root and Jacmel boasts Haiti’s first and only surf club, Surf Haiti.
D2C will help develop the surf-tourist industry in Jacmel by operating a youth-run Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals business to tourists and guests staying Cyvadier Plage Hotel, located on the bay outside of Jacmel.
The youth practitioners will receive training in business and financial management, administration, and program development to ensure they have a strong professional foundation to operate the small business.
The D2C SUP rental business will have several notable impacts on the socio-economic status of the D2C youth and their community, including:
- Empowering the D2C youth to be entrepreneurs/business owners
- Generating social enterprise for the youth to create income and self-sustainability
- Teaching responsibility, building a skill set, and engaging in the community
- Exposing youth to the service industry and tourism economy
- Bringing a new sport and tourist attraction to southern Haiti
The SUP Business, administered through the D2C Livelihood Program, would be access-oriented, meaning its focus is on improving young people’s access to market-driven services that will enhance their economic success. Moreover, their exposure to the formal market via the Cyvadier Hotel management and staff will provide potential future opportunities to expand their professional role in the burgeoning tourist industry in Haiti.