entrepreneurship, a childhood dream Maxo Mérilus grew up with his parents who grew vegetables in Kenscoff. Once he became an adult, he took over and modernized his parents’ business. The success of his business has earned him a place among the finalists of the Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year contest.
Publié le 2013-12-20 | Le Nouvelliste
Le Nouvelliste (LN): Tell us about your journey as an entrepreneur. Maxo Mérilus (MM): From a young age, I realized how hard my mother had to work selling and producing vegetables, rising early in the morning to bring their products to the market in Kenscoff. I started my business in 2008 by organizing a vegetable market and explaining my plan to local producers. The following year, I established OPREH as a cooperative of growers and I managed to attract a surprising number of members - 250. Today, OPREH has 500 members who work in and around Kenscoff and they produce carrots, leeks, lettuce, and other vegetables. The organization also has 53 employees who help farmers to plant and harvest their crops and bring them to market. LN: How do you see entrepreneurship in Haiti? MM: I must say, as in any area of life, entrepreneurship has its difficulties. I believe that despite it all, entrepreneurship is the thing that can really help the development of Haiti. The challenges are many, but we must continue to work. LN: What does the Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year contest bring to your business? MM: I want to testify. As a result of the Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year competition, a foreign investor contacted me to see how he can buy some of my products. This goes to show that the contest gave my business more visibility. LN: What advice would you give to young people who would like to become entrepreneurs? MM: Earlier, I talked about the difficulties that exist in the area of entrepreneurship in Haiti. I believe that young entrepreneurs must be prepared to cope with these difficulties. It is important they do not stop working all day. I think that is how they will achieve success. Article by Louis Joseph Olivier Translated from Le Nouvelliste by Stefan Viard.