haiti church, EU government photoHaiti could use some good news, and so on the anniversary of the nation’s ruinous earthquake, read about business and government leaders signing a deal for a big factory, and the reopening of a historic market. 

In a cavernous hall filled with idle sewing machines, the chairman of the South Korean apparel giant Sae-A Trading Company inked a deal to bring 20,000 jobs to Haiti.

“I have to say this is the best day of my life today,” Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said… “Haiti is open for business.”

(READ the story in the Washington Post)

MORE good news for Haiti: A group of Pittsburgh entrepreneurs is aiming to help Haitians turn plastic trash into high-performance thread for clothing. The new factory will be operational, it is hoped, by year-end.

“The two things I see most are poverty and trash,” said THREAD president and CEO Ian Rosenberger.

THREAD’s factory would address both problems, by paying locals to recycle their trash, and providing skilled jobs for Haitian citizens.

(READ the story in CS Monitor)

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