Fonkoze is Haiti’s alternative bank for the organized poor. In fact, it is a family of three institutions working together shoulder to shoulder towards a single compelling mission: building the economic foundations for democracy in Haiti by providing the rural poor with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. This mission is reflected in our name, Fonkoze, which is an acronym for the Haitian Creole phrase “Fondasyon Kole Zepòl” meaning “Shoulder-to-Shoulder Foundation.”
- 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 abroad, for it is those Haitians who keep the economy of Haiti afloat through the remittances they send home.