Microbusinesses Likely To Be In Demand

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These examples are based upon the author’s experience in Haiti and in Honduras— the latter being obviously better off financially than is Haiti.

Based upon experience in Honduras and Haiti, the following will be in strong demand. Whether or not the customers will be poverty people, or non-poverty people is indicated.

  • Copy services
  • Animals (goats, rabbits, chickens, cow/calf)
  • Taxis
  • Motorcycle repair
  • Tires for cars, trucks and other
  • Toilets, if dry area with no public sewer lines
  • Food Treats (Mangada fruit, sandwiches, etc)
  • Internet Café
  • Building a simple basic house
    (Do people want to own a home? Is there loan money available at reasonable terms?)
  • Solar lanterns (rechargeable at central location within walking distance)
  • Food growing with harvest to sell, sandwiches & snacks
  • Grow chicken food (for example; none in Haiti)

Customer: non poverty
Customer: poverty and non-poverty
Customer: poverty and non-poverty
Customer: non poverty
Customer: non poverty
Customer: non poverty, but poverty too
Customer: non poverty, but poverty too
Customer: non poverty & poverty
Customer: non poverty, some poverty

Customer: poverty, but non-poverty too

Customer: poverty and non-poverty
Customer: non-poverty

POINT: They get good at running the business and then go teach others when they set up businesses in new locations.

EXAMPLE: a business with 5 to 10 lines of product/service. The focus is on what is a certain need and demand. A lot happens for good: employees learn, and earn some money, basic good/services needed are provided and it is an informal management training program. The “best & brightest” go to another potential market and start the very same business there. Business needs to locate in area frequented by people who can afford to buy. Ideally it can serve the poverty area and the working class area—need money to be spent to generate commerce, to in turn generate more jobs, money being spent, etc.