For over ten years, Roots of Development has focused its efforts almost exclusively on the island of La Gonâve, Haiti.
La Gonâve is Haiti’s largest island (286.9 mi²). In fact, La Gonâve is the largest of Hispaniola’s satellite islands. It is located to the west-northwest of Port-au-Prince, in the Gulf of Gonâve, and is part of Haiti’s Ouest Department.
It is home to approximately 100,000 residents, which is a larger population than the majority of the territories and nations that make up the Caribbean. The indigenous Taínos called the island Guanabo.
The island faces huge challenges, a major lack of infrastructure, a weak private sector, and very little attention from the national government, but it also has huge potential. It is a beautiful island, located in a strategic location, with picturesque coasts and acres of farmland. It has a large population, which represents a large, untapped market for goods and services, and it faces very few security concern. The island is home to a group of strong local elected officials and an active civil society. To learn more about La Gonâve, watch this video below…
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