Dr. Jeff Losier is a community leader and medical doctor from the village Moreau in the Bainet region of southeast Haiti. He founded MIJABA, a Haitian-run non-profit organization, to provide education, medical care, and economic opportunities to members of his community, with focus on sustainability and long-term solutions. He has overseen the construction of a K-8 school in Moreau and encourages students to plant fruit trees around their homes — recognizing that both education and environmental stewardship are key to long-term development in the region.
Several years ago, Dr. Jeff noticed that heavy rains and hurricanes washed away roads in the mountainous region, making it difficult for farmers to travel, reach markets, and access services needed to grow their local economy and public infrastructure. This situation is made worse by the fact that farmers often have to cut down natural forests in the region to supplement their income — selling charcoal in local markets to compensate for reduced crop yields from soil erosion. Using vetiver, a grass with deep roots that grows in Haiti, he found a way to address both this environmental challenge and persistent poverty in the region: by paying local youth and farmers to plant vetiver along roads and farm fields, he could reduce wash-out on roads and erosion of valuable topsoil while providing an new source of income locally.
Farmers’ Association of Moreau
The farmers in Moreau work collaboratively to manage their land, grow crops, sell in local markets, and more. With dozens of members, the organization meets monthly to discuss business, make important decisions, and identity opportunities to improve their practices. They are highly innovative and entrepreneurial, often making do with minimal resources and financial support, like pre-harvest financing, seed banks, etc.
Dr. Jeff connected us with this local farming association to ensure the voices of the community are always heard in decisions affecting the village, and to maximize the power of their life experiences, cultural traditions, and expert knowledge in agriculture and more. They guide our initiatives and investments in Moreau, from vetiver grass to beekeeping and infrastructure projects.
Founder of MIJABA, medical doctor & Vetiera Fair Trade in-country coordinator
Head of the Farmers’ Association in Moreau
First beekeeper we partnered with in Moreau
Primary point of contact for operations in Moreau
Operations and transportation support in Moreau