Haiti | Pathways to a Better Life
As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and with over 50% of the population living on less than $1 per day, Haiti continues to struggle to recover from the 2010 earthquake that propelled it into crisis. In terms of the situation for women in Haiti, poverty and violence against women are serious issues further exacerbated by the systemic gender-based discrimination that has existed for decades. Steps toward ensuring the plight of Haitian women is heard are being taken – and MEDA is playing a role.
The Chemen Lavi Miyò Plus (CLM+) program, which is Haitian Créole for "Pathways to a Better Life", will aim to increase sustainable food security for ultra-poor women and their families, enhance their access to financial services, and integrate value chain principles. This will be made possible through a partnership between Fonkoze Foundation and MEDA. Fonkoze's current CLM program will be combined with MEDA's value chain approach, ensuring that families gain the tools they need to step out of poverty in a sustainable manner and within growing markets.
Project Quick Facts
Project Goal: The project will aim to increase sustainable food security for ultra-poor women and their families, enhance their access to financial services, and help families gain tools they need in business and market development, to step out of poverty in a sustainable manner.
Project Partner: Fonkoze
Reaching: 500 Haitian families, or approximately 2500 ultra-poor Haitians over four years
Funding: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and MEDA
Project length: 2015 - 2018