Centre d’Appui et de Services aux Entreprises Locales et Internationales (CASELI ) is a spin-off of Root Capital in Haiti dedicated to developing rural entrepreneurship and innovative leadership by delivering advisory services, mapping resilient business ecosystems, and investing in businesses that build sustainable livelihoods throughout the country. CASELI continues the work started by Root Capital since 2010 and inherited all in-country operations as of December 31, 2016.
As a sister organization of Root Capital in Haiti, we are now acting as a Business Support Operator (BSO) for Agribusinesses, SMEs and MSMEs. CASELI’s goals are to grow rural prosperity, promote resilient business ecosystems, ease foreign direct investment, provide continuous support to current local partners of Root Capital, help current and potential clients manage strategic, financial technological, and country risks by developing local presence and affordable cultural competence to enhance enterprise value for local and foreign entrepreneurs. Under the Root Capital Haiti label, we have facilitated over $5M USD in financing and provided advisory services to 100+ local businesses including producer cooperatives and agribusinesses.
CASELI offers support and guidance in several areas: (1) business incubation and acceleration services, (2) Portfolio management, investment due diligence, feasibility study and internal audit, (3) Agriculture value chain design and engineering, (4) Business management and Advisory services, (5) Market linkages (local and international), (6) Impact assessment, (7) Project Monitoring and evaluation, (8) Brokerage services and Market assessment, (9) Business hub services and flexible capital, (10) Program development and implementation, (11) Precision agriculture services, (12) Strategic outsourcing services.
The Center’s activities include direct and business-to-business technical assistance. The Center serves as a resource for entrepreneurs (local and International) to share information with and learn from one another. In addition, the Center periodically surveys clients to gather information on their activities and developments to inform our technical assistance and promote information exchange. The Center also focuses on a number of import substitution programs, initiatives, and activities that impact the employment of youth and unleash the nation entrepreneurial spirit within the ten geographic departments of Haiti.
Located within Haiti and abroad, the Center shares many resources with current and prospective clients including administrative support and market connections as well as policy staff working on key issues such as rural workforce development, new or existing value chain design and reinforcement, and integration across farming and financial services. In addition to these resources, the Center has dedicated staff and consultants with extensive knowledge on business planning and supply chain management, accounting and taxation, lending and investing policy, and human capital development that provide enterprises specific technical assistance. The Center also facilitates business-to-business technical assistance by connecting counterparts (local and international) working on similar issues or to share expertise.