Rosemitha's Journey Out of Poverty

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Rosemitha Petit-blanc

Rosemitha lives in a small house right along the road that leads through Kolonbyè to Savanette. She had been living in Port au Prince - supporting herself by selling kleren, the locally brewed rum, and cigarettes, but she returned to Kolonbyè to live with and care for her aging grandfather. She felt she owed him this as he was the one who raised her.

When he died, she continued to stay in his home in Kolonbyè, but was left with no source of food or income. She lived on whatever neighbors were willing to give her and would sometimes resort to begging or doing minor chores in exchange for food.

 

Now married, Rosemitha is living with her husband, his mother and their three young children. Before Rosemitha joined CLM, the family of six depended entirely on what her husband was able to make as a day laborer – less than 80 cents a day – forcing them to go days without eating at times.

When Rosemitha joined CLM, she was able to start a small commerce which requires a lot of work but she is making progress. On Wednesdays, she buys plantains from women bringing them to the market in Kolonbyè. She lives right next to the main road, so she is able to catch them as they pass by her house. On Saturdays, she brings the week’s purchase to the market in Mibalè for sale. While in Mibalè, she uses the money she’s earned from plantain sales to buy okra to sell in Savanèt. The CLM program started her with 1500 gourds of merchandise, and she’s already increased her investment to 2000 gourds, even though she also uses profits to help feed her family.

 

But the business is risky. She depends on the trucks that pass by her house on market days to get her plantains to market. If she can’t flag down a truck with space for her plantains, her merchandise could go bad before she can get it to market. So she’s working to increase her capital until she can change her business model. She wants to sell rice, oil and basic groceries. “Oil doesn’t go bad,” she explains.

 

Ultimately, Rosemitha is happy with the progress she is making. Her husband still works in fields for next to nothing, but at least now she is in a better position to contribute to the household income.

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