Micro Finance

Chemen Lavi Mio - A Path To a Better Life

Fonkoze, Haiti's largest micro finance organization, helps its members climb the staircase out of poverty beginning with the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) program.  Chemen Lavi Miyò, which means "Pathway to a Better Life" in Haitian Creole, brings Haiti's poorest women to self-sufficiency.  Over the course of 18 months CLM case managers help members on the path to a better life by providing materials to construct a sturdy home, a latrine, a water filter, a choice of two income-generating assets, and healthcare through Partners in Health.  Case managers travel to remote areas to visit with members each week to help them address any challenges and provide ongoing life skills training.  The CLM program has worked with 2,550 women to date with a 96% graduation rate.