PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Some expatriates and people of Haitian descent who glimpsed opportunity in helping rebuild the impoverished country are running into problems.
New businesses have opened throughout Haiti since a January 2010 earthquake devastated much of the country, and the government promises more development is coming. The administration of Haitian President Michel Martelly has made attracting foreign investment a top priority, using the motto "Haiti is open for business."
But people like Nickson Touissant, who returned to Haiti from Washington, D.C. with dreams of opening a small hotel, have not received the loans they need to build. Touissant's problems demonstrate the struggles would-be business owners face even as Haiti's government courts businesses.