Fonkoze’s Vision – Our Story
Fonkoze’s vision is for a Haiti where people, standing together, shoulder to shoulder, have pulled themselves out of poverty.
Fonkoze is a family of organizations that work together to provide the financial and non-financial services to empower Haitians—primarily women—to lift their families out of poverty.
Fonkoze was founded in 1994 by Father Joseph Philippe, a Haitian priest who wanted to enable the rural poor in Haiti to organize themselves economically.
He chose to focus on Haitian women, who are considered the poto mitan (“backbone”) of the Haitian economy. 44% of all Haitian households are headed by single women, and they dominate the landscape of small commerce.
In 1995, Fonkoze was recognized as an official Haitian foundation. With three volunteers working from a borrowed building, Father Joseph began the process of providing financial services to Haiti’s rural poor.
Since then, Fonkoze has grown into a globally recognized institution with 44 branches covering every area of Haiti, providing both financial and development services including education and health to support our 60,000-plus microfinance borrowers.
For a more in-depth account of Fonkoze’s history, click here.