Moto Logistics: A New Approach to Development in Haiti
Last year, I spoke at IdeaWave about the psychology behind compassion in terms of why we are drawn to help in Haiti. This year I bring the results of that compassion: Moto Logistics, a new approach to development in Haiti. My registered charity One Hundred For Haiti was founded after the earthquake as a relief organization to benefit the people of post-earthquake Haiti. Over the last two years we have delivered tons of supplies to Haiti and helped medical clinics and orphanages via financial support and delivery of supplies. For 2012, we are shifting our focus based on the ideas I delivered in IdeaWave 2011, and are launching Moto Logistics, a program that combines a desire to focus on development rather than relief and thus empower people rather than have them become increasingly dependent on aid. Moto Logistics will see us buy, on no-interest loan, two motorcycles (dirt bikes) for one medical clinic and one orphanage in a pilot program to see if our new idea for how these motorcycles can be used for income generation and job creation will be effective. Each organization will use the motorcycles by day to transport supplies and patients, and by night as a private moto-taxi service. The income raised from the moto-taxi service will be split between a repair fund for the bikes, a portion to repayment of the loan, and the rest as profit to the organization itself. Details about the program, the concepts behind it, and why an approach of development rather than relief is the most effective for Haiti will be discussed in the talk. I will use first hand accounts of people I have met in Haiti on my seven trips there and the needs and humanity they expressed to me. The talk will provide a model for development that other social/humanitarian workers can use in their own communities to create jobs and generate real change.