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Haiti - Economy : Winners of the Contest Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year 2016
19/12/2016 09:36:05

Haiti - Economy : Winners of the Contest Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year 2016
At the ceremony of the grand finale of the 7th edition of Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, attended by 600 guests from government, NGOs and the business sector, the jury among the 10 finalists, designated the winner of Digicel Award winners in the five usual categories: agriculture and environment, construction, industry, services and emerging plus a special award this year for an innovation with a social impact.

The Jury designated a woman who saw a business opportunity by turning toilet paper, an imported and expensive luxury product, into a locally made product accessible, Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016. Myrtha Vilbon, owner of the company "Glory Industries" pecializing in the manufacture of toilet paper in Port-au-Prince, she is also the national winner in the category "Emerging".

According to the classic model of imported product substitution, Myrtha raised $ 2.4 million to finance "Glory Industries", the first Haitian manufacturer of toilet paper and napkins made locally, employing more than 80 people, 70 per cent of them women.

Denis O'Brien, founder of Digicel and the President of the Jury, speaking to the great laureate declared "When I see what you have achieved, starting with an excellent idea then planning its execution and achieving it I am very proud and honored that Digicel is promoting the entrepreneurial sector which creates sustainable jobs and bring economic stability. Your mission is invaluable."

"Myrtha Vilbon corresponds exactly to the type of entrepreneur we thought of, with this preponderant mix of strategic thinking and breakthrough innovation, when we chose the theme of this year's competition: Be Able To Grow," said Maarten Boute President Digicel Haiti.

List of other Laureates :

Category Agriculture & Environment :
The Prize was awarded to Sharline Dubuisson of Ferme Soleil, bwhose innovative approach to obtaining financial support for agricultural projects has enabled the creation of 445 full-time jobs and part-time and paved the route of the emancipation of women in agriculture.

Category construction :
The prize was awarded to Blondo Odivin of VAKO Construction, known by his friends long before his entry into the business world, as "engineer", thanks to his love for DIY. It now has 150 employees and a successful company involved in many major construction projects in Haiti.

Industry Category :
The award was presented to Jocelyn Noël, whose "Province Food Group" produces cassava for export to the United States, according to strict international standards in accordance with a license from the US Department of Agriculture and the FDA.

Service categorys :
The Prize was awarded to Max Henry Larson of Transversal, which provides high-end IT services for business customers, training and certification in rural communities in the center, west, north and south-east of Haiti with the aim of transforming the local economy. It is currently developing mobile applications for countries as far away as Nigeria, Nepal and Timor.

Special prize :
The special social prize was awarded to Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the "Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP), an agronomist who, in a life devoted to the development of agriculture in Haiti, mobilized more than 4,500 groups of farmers and allowed the training of 500,000 people who are now working in this sector.

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