He is the man who build the bus and call it "Haitian Pride", symbolic, Jean Paul Coutard.
In May 2006, when President René Préval was taking oath of his presidency, Coutard felt determined to make his dream come true. He took this as a challenge. His first step in achieving his dream was to win a scholarship from Canada to learn coach design. While studying in Canada, he took a part time job. He used his earnings to import various body parts from the UK, Australia and Canada. He waited a long time to find the right time to launch his dream. Following the 2010 earthquake, he returned home and began production with his family firm, 'Coutard Motors'. On 22 August 2013, his dream came true. The first prototype bus made in Haiti was presented at the Metropolitan Industrial Park SONAPI in the presence of several ministers and members of the Government.
Here is a picture of the first bus prototype Made in Haiti by Jean-Paul Coutard.
As part of luxury and comfort, it is equipped with 54 reclining seats, televisions, sound system, custom lamps and sanitary facilities. Once an assembly plant is established, the cost of the new production will be much less.
Earlier to the 'Haitian Pride', transport system in Haiti was very much inadequate-- when it was available--was prohibitively expensive for most citizens. During the inauguration of Rene Preval, the buses used for the occasion were all imported from the Dominican Republic. Jean Paul Coutard took this as a national insult, because he felt that his country must not be so poor and unproductive that it could not even produce its bare essentials. He inherited a love for motor mechanism from his father who was a commercial truck driver.
Coutard Motors S.A.it to introduce its second bus made in Haiti.
Jean-Paul Coutard is an ambitious, independent thinking entrepreneur who has changed the transport system in Haiti. Without any bank finance, he did not fear to spend his entire resources to fund his dream project-- the first prototype bus made in Haiti. At the age of thirty, following a five-year study and two years of work, he designed the first Haitian Bus Transportation named "La fierté Haitienne" (The Haitian pride). To realize his childhood dream, he accumulated $160,000-- exhausting his entire savings, he even had to borrow from his family and friends. 'The Haitian Pride' is equipped with a 300-hp diesel engine and double chassis. A rear view camera gives the driver a clear view and better control over the bus.
Before the Chicago bears, Michael Jordan, Chicago Pizza, there was a Haitian wh started all that. Born in St marc, Haiti, Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable is widely known as the founder of the city of Chicago. He was born in the Haitian city of Saint Marc in 1776 as a free black man, then moved to the US at a young age. In Chicago, he settled along the Chicago river with friends. Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable met his wife Catherine there