Chemin Lavi Miyò Leads a Woman Out of Ultra-poverty
Chemin Lavi Miyò (CLM), also known as Pathway to a Better Life, is a comprehensive approach to eliminating acute poverty. CLM reaches out to those on the margins of society. Throughout the 18-month program implemented by Fonkoze and funded by Mercy Focus on Haiti, case managers support clients as they learn to run a small business, repair their homes, and access health care and education services. Participants develop both their capacity and their confidence until they have their own functioning microenterprises.
|To read about the support for CLM by the Hilton Foundation, please click here.
Fonkoze describes ultra-poverty as the inability to meet the barest of basic needs. In 2020, the United Nations described ultra-or extreme-poverty as living on less than $1.90 per day. The participants often cannot feed their children every day, their health is poor, their housing is unstable, they are often isolated from the local community, and their children don’t go to school. The bare necessities of life are not met. Ultra-poverty is a horrible way of life.
Mercy Focus on Haiti was introduced to CLM in 2015. In 2017 the first group of 200 women we sponsored began its journey along a pathway to a better life. Caseworkers and the regional leaders identify ultra-poor families, interviewed the women, and prepared them to participate in the program.
|Throughout the program, participants learn how to run a small business, repair their homes, access health care, and send their children to school. They are given the tools listed below and guidance in how to use them:
|The requirements for graduation are:
|Mercy Focus on Haiti was so impressed by the transformation of the women and the program’s 97% graduation rate that the second group of 200 women and then a third (graduation 9/2022) was sponsored! Each graduating group impacts at least 1,000 people and creates real growth in the local community. Funds are being raised for additional cohorts of women to benefit from this life-giving program.
Quotes from CLM participants
Cenecia Tranquil, a CLM graduate, wants to start speaking to new CLM members when they first enter the program. “When I tell them where I was and where I am now, that will help them have hope for themselves.”
“CLM did a lot for me. I have goats and pigs now and a way to keep going on.” Idalia, a CLM participant
“I feel like I had hit bottom. But I’ve started to rise. Slowly, slowly. Until I’m ready to stand up proud.” Sidelna, a CLM participant
“Today, I said good-bye to misery.” 2018 CLM Graduate