9 students from Haiti join B.E.L. initiative at ASU

We are hearing from the group of nine Haitian students who are participating in a business leadership program at Albany State University.

They are participating in the B.E.L. Initiative through the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce.

A representative for the university told WALB that this was the second year they were able to host the program.

Students will spend one week at Albany State before heading to Atlanta to spend a week at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Raol Junior Joseph is participating in the program. He told us he is using this opportunity to further his business in Haiti.

"The B.E.L. initiative is a great opportunity for us to explore American culture and business culture here in the U.S. at Albany State University. We are meeting a lot of people. We are creating connections with entrepreneurs here," said Joseph.

Joseph says he hopes he can use what he learns here in the states to keep agriculture workers employed in Haiti so he can see his plantain chip business grow.

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