Chemen Lavi Miyo (CLM) – Pathway to a Better Life is a comprehensive approach to eliminating acute poverty. Pathway to a Better Life, reaches out to those on the margins of society. Throughout the 18-month program implemented by Fonkoze, 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.
In January 2019, 200 women graduated from our first CLM cohort which started in June 2017. “These women moved from not having an adequate roof or house, a latrine, clean drinking water or their children in school to having these things,” Sister Dale Jarvis notes. “They also have assets in the form of animals, can write their names and no longer suffer from malnutrition.”
One graduate upon receiving her certificate said with a smile, “Today I said good-bye to misery.”
Due to the success of the Women Standing Proud Campaign, the second cohort will begin late in 2019.
Who is Helped?
After 18 Months in this Program
Pathway to a Better Life requires:
Specially trained case managers to work with the women of each ultra-poor family throughout an intensive 18-month process helping them build the confidence and skills necessary to create a better life for themselves and their families.
Pathway to a Better Life provides:
In the past 13 years this program has been operating in Haiti—with over 8,000 families being served. The program has proved that ultra-poor women can reliably lift themselves and their families from extreme poverty when given the necessary tools and sufficient close accompaniment.
Pathway to a Better Life is an exceptional program, having graduated over 8000 participants at a 96% graduation rate. Pathway to a Better Life is recommended by The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania to donors seeking programs with long term impact.
“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 program graduate from Mazontbi, Haiti