HEARTforHAITI- Support Female Small Business Owners in Haiti
WHAT IS THIS ABOUT
First, thank you for visiting this page! Haiti needs long-term sustained economic and social development and microfinance a critical piece to achieving that goal very important. Aid comes in waves and long-term programs that help the population become more self-sufficent are crucial to moving the country toward economic autonomy. Help earthquake survivors build back their small businesses and their lives!
This is the grassroots part of the fundraising campaign. By reaching out to everyone you know with a request for a minimum of $5.00, you are ensuring the development of a highly successful microfinance organization that lifts families out of abject poverty and helps them on the road to economic self-sufficiency.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and suffers from a history of political instability, poor health care, and high levels of illiteracy and unemployment. In addition, high inflation and a growing national debt continue to be serious problems. Approximately 15 percent of the estimated demand for microfinance is currently being met.
- Over 40% of the population is unable to read or write as compared to the 12% overall illiteracy in the rest of Latin America.
- A woman in Haiti can expect to live 49 years, down from 54 in 1999.
- Half of the children under 5 are malnourished.
- Less than 50% of school age children attend school.
WHERE IS THE DONATION GOING? The funding is going directly to the Haitian microfinance institution Fonkozé.
WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT FONKOZE? Fonkozé has spearheaded one of the world's premier pilot-programs for the extreme poor- Chemin Lavi Miyo, or Pathway to a Better Life. $1,000.00 lifts a family out of dire poverty, giving them the assets and training to later graduate into the official micro-lending program.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT CHEMIN LAVI MIYO? Chemin Lavi Miyo is one of the world's premier pilot projects to end extreme poverty. Families (often headed by single women) receive solid assets like goats, chickens or a limited amount of merchandise to begin their business. Case managers visit twice weekly to assist in development of new homes, latrines, water filtration systems, asset management and business development. Case managers also help to ensure that all children are enrolled in school, and provide the women with basic literacy and medical education. After 18 months, nearly 98% of the clients graduate into the formal micro-lending program.
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE: Within 10 days of the January 2010 earthquake, Fonkozé had $2 million in cash airlifted from the U.S. and distributed to over 40 branches, wrote off 10,000 in loans, and gave each client a new loan and a one-time $125 cash payment.
· Women constitute the backbone of the economy in Haiti.
· You can’t just give a woman a loan and then send her on her way – you have to accompany her as she struggles to make her way out of poverty.
· All Haitians deserve a chance to participate in the economic development of their country.
· A political democracy cannot survive without economic democracy.
· Nothing in Haiti can be effective without the endorsement and support of Haitians living in the Diaspora, for it is those Haitians who keep the economy of Haiti afloat through the remittances they send home.
- General: http://www.fonkoze.org
- Key Statistics: http://www.fonkoze.org/aboutfonkoze/keystatistics.html
- Fonkoze’s Board of Directors: http://www.fonkoze.org/aboutfonkoze/whoweare/ourstaff.html
- Relevant Media Coverage of Fonkozé:
Nov. 13, 2010- New York Times Article- “In Haiti, Can Micro-lending Save the Economy?” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/business/global/14haiti.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
Feb. 10, 2010- Newsweek article- “How Micro-lenders Helped Quick in Haiti” http://www.newsweek.com/2010/02/09/big-crisis-small-help.html
Online Fundraising Link:
- Post-Earthquake Microlending in Haiti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d467tYnzHEo
- Post-Earthquake Microlending in Haiti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA8rw4WMSrA&feature=related
- 8 Min. “Pathway to a Better Life” Graduation Video Story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6hdLuSCfzg&NR=1
Press: (NSU Law Fundraising for Microfinance in Haiti)
- ABA Student Lawyer Magazine: http://www.abanet.org/lsd/studentlawyer/apr10/circuitboard.shtml (*Not all the information is correct.)
RADIO ISLAM: http://www.radioislam.com
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
- Topic: Haiti: Where to give?
- Host: Janaan Hashim;
- Guest: Kaveh Azimi, Former Regional Director of Fonkoze and Community Economic Advisor for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic; Living and Working in near the Haitian-Dominican Border
- Guest: Mustafa Maboob, Communications Manager, Islamic Relief USA
- Guest: Stacey Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Producer: Carli Pierson
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
- Co-Host: Janaan Hashim and Carli Pierson
- Topic: Microfinance in a World Recession
- Guest: Camilla Nestor, Vice President of Microfinance- Grameen FoundationGuest: Dr. Anne Hastings, Executive Director of Fonkoze, Haiti
- Producer: Carli Pierson
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
- Host: Janaan Hashim
- Topic: Micro-Loans: Small Starts, Big Outcomes
- Guest: Alex Counts, Pressident and CEO of Grameen Foundation
- Guest: Jeremiah Grossman, Program Specialist at IRIS Center at the University of Maryland, Dep't of Economics
- Producer: Carli Pierson
INTERESTED IN MICROFINANCE
Take a free, online class! Visit the United Nation's Capital Development Fund's Website at uncdf.org/english/index.php.