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, 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.
Due to the success of the Women Standing Proud Campaign, over the next four years 400 women and their families will have their lives improved. They are about to embark on the Pathway to a Better Life.
The preparation phase of the program is in full swing. A section of Gros Morne has been identified to select participants (members) from. The case workers have been hired – three new people and one seasoned case worker. They are now steeped in a three-month orientation process. Concurrently the women in the region are being interviewed and selected to be the first group of the Mercy Focus on Haiti – Pathway to a Better Life Program. The launch of the eighteen-month program for the members is planned for summer 2017. Some Mercy Focus on Haiti members will be attending the launch.
Who will be 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 10 years this program has been operating in Haiti—with over 5,000 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.
In Gros Morne the program will operate over the course of three and a half years (42 months). This includes start up and wind down time plus two 18 month sessions serving 200 families in each session.
Pathway to a Better Life is an exceptional program, having graduated over 5000 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