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Haiti slowly lures investors but business isn't easy amid red tape, fuzzy legal lines

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.