The development of certified vetiver production in Haiti
Healing Waters International and Entrepreneurs du Monde
Location of project
Les Cayes, Southern Haiti
Type of Intervention
Promoting an eco-responsible approach
Haiti’s only agro-industrial resource (excluding food-producing plantations) is vetiver, which represents 25% of the Haitian market; nearly 27,000 families depend on this resource. The vetiver industry is particularly exposed to climatic risks and has been, on several occasions, victim of natural disasters. The essential nature of the resource and its fragility require special support for the actors involved in the sector.
CHANEL has chosen to support fair, responsible and solidarity-based production of vetiver in Haiti by financing 70% of the Development Fund for the local cooperative Copfovel, which has been certified by the Fair For Life label since 2014. This label ensures sustainable growing conditions and contributes to improving the working and living conditions of vetiver producers in the Cayes region. Thanks to the Fund, several collective projects are improving living conditions for the community, promoting access to education and health care, and strengthening social ties and well-being for the region’s inhabitants.
CHANEL is also financing Palmis Enèji, a social enterprise created by the French NGO Entrepreneurs du Monde in Haiti. It makes clean, modern and efficient energy accessible to all in order to fight fuel poverty and its social, health, and environmental impacts. CHANEL is strengthening Palmis Enèji’s involvement in the production area of the vetiver producers in its supply chain.
Fair For Life certification and Gold Standard