Value Chain Development

Providing training and financial services to small and growing entrepreneurs.

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Value Chain Development

In order for Fonkoze to help advance Haiti’s economy through small and medium enterprises, we know that there are some core economic sectors that need extra support. Fonkoze seeks to take a value chain approach to supporting these sectors, meaning that we look at them in a holistic way—from the individuals producing raw materials to the businesses selling products in domestic and foreign markets.

 

Fonkoze’s Zafèn team is leading this effort, supporting small and growing entrepreneurs—especially those who would not qualify for credit at a formal financial institution—by providing them with training, coaching, and soft loans. To date, Zafèn has disbursed over $1.7 million raised through peer-to-peer lending platforms like Kiva Microfunds, Inc. We have helped 575 entrepreneurs create over 900 permanent jobs. As a means of further supporting these entrepreneurs, Zafèn works closely with Fonkoze financial services and Kiva.org, helping to prepare the entrepreneurs to pursue financial services in the formal sector.

 

Currently, one of Zafèn’s core programs supports the artisan sector in Haiti in collaboration with the Artisan Business Network and Fonkoze financial services. Zafèn is helping to build the business skills of the artisans while the Artisan Business Network is helping to refine their skills and connect them with domestic and international markets.

Message to Zafèn Supporters

Dear Friends of Zafèn,

 

In our efforts to improve services to the Haitian entrepreneurs we support through Zafèn, the program and the website have been through a number of transitions these past few years.  First, we were able to become a field partner of Kiva.org.  As a result, all the projects of the entrepreneurs we support are now posted directly on Kiva where they are funded much faster.  Since the start of the partnership in June 2014 to the end of May 2017, 270 entrepreneurs or Village Savings and Loan Associations received a loan with capital provided by Kiva users for over 160,000 USD .

 

As a result of this evolution, we also decided to let go of our Zafen.org website.  We first eliminated its extensive – and expensive – money management capacities as that aspect of things was taken care of through Kiva.  Given the low number of hits on the Zafen web page, we decided to close down this communication tool and share further news about the Zafèn program through the Fonkoze website.  You will find that information here on our Value Chain Development page.

 

We did not retain ownership of the Zafen.org web address and as a result, a horse gaming business has taken over the zafen.org name.  Our sincerest apologies to all former zafen.org users who find themselves reoriented to this website.

 

All former Zafen.org users can ask for news about their contribution or send us any other message they may have via email, contact(at)zafen.org, which we will keep functional for another year.

 

With our sincerest gratitude for your ongoing support.

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“My son is my main motivation.  After watching and helping me for years, he can also make these products.   I want him to be something more important in life, maybe manage or own his own shop.” -Jean-Roberts Merome

 

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Value Chain Development

Providing training and financial services to small and growing entrepreneurs.

»

Value Chain Development

In order for Fonkoze to help advance Haiti’s economy through small and medium enterprises, we know that there are some core economic sectors that need extra support. Fonkoze seeks to take a value chain approach to supporting these sectors, meaning that we look at them in a holistic way—from the individuals producing raw materials to the businesses selling products in domestic and foreign markets.

 

Fonkoze’s Zafèn team is leading this effort, supporting small and growing entrepreneurs—especially those who would not qualify for credit at a formal financial institution—by providing them with training, coaching, and soft loans. To date, Zafèn has disbursed over $1.7 million raised through peer-to-peer lending platforms like Kiva Microfunds, Inc. We have helped 575 entrepreneurs create over 900 permanent jobs. As a means of further supporting these entrepreneurs, Zafèn works closely with Fonkoze financial services and Kiva.org, helping to prepare the entrepreneurs to pursue financial services in the formal sector.

 

Currently, one of Zafèn’s core programs supports the artisan sector in Haiti in collaboration with the Artisan Business Network and Fonkoze financial services. Zafèn is helping to build the business skills of the artisans while the Artisan Business Network is helping to refine their skills and connect them with domestic and international markets.

Read Their Stories

“My son is my main motivation.  After watching and helping me for years, he can also make these products.   I want him to be something more important in life, maybe manage or own his own shop.” -Jean-Roberts Merome

 

Read their stories of triumph and struggle; get to know some of the strongest, most resilient and hardworking people we know!

 

Donate Today

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STAY CONNECTED TO FONKOZE

Copyright © 2017 Fonkoze.  All Rights Reserved.

Value Chain Development

Providing training and financial services to small and growing entrepreneurs.

 

»

Value Chain Development

In order for Fonkoze to help advance Haiti’s economy through small and medium enterprises, we know that there are some core economic sectors that need extra support. Fonkoze seeks to take a value chain approach to supporting these sectors, meaning that we look at them in a holistic way—from the individuals producing raw materials to the businesses selling products in domestic and foreign markets.

 

Fonkoze’s Zafèn team is leading this effort, supporting small and growing entrepreneurs—especially those who would not qualify for credit at a formal financial institution—by providing them with training, coaching, and soft loans. To date, Zafèn has disbursed over $1.7 million raised through peer-to-peer lending platforms like Kiva Microfunds, Inc. We have helped 575 entrepreneurs create over 900 permanent jobs. As a means of further supporting these entrepreneurs, Zafèn works closely with Fonkoze financial services and Kiva.org, helping to prepare the entrepreneurs to pursue financial services in the formal sector.

 

Currently, one of Zafèn’s core programs supports the artisan sector in Haiti in collaboration with the Artisan Business Network and Fonkoze financial services. Zafèn is helping to build the business skills of the artisans while the Artisan Business Network is helping to refine their skills and connect them with domestic and international markets.

Read Their Stories

“My son is my main motivation.  After watching and helping me for years, he can also make these products.   I want him to be something more important in life, maybe manage or own his own shop.” -Jean-Roberts Merome

Donate Today

Get Updates

Learn More

Copyright © 2017 Fonkoze.  All Rights Reserved.

Value Chain

Providing training and financial services to small entrepreneurs

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Value Chain Development

In order for Fonkoze to help advance Haiti’s economy through small and medium enterprises, we know that there are some core economic sectors that need extra support. Fonkoze seeks to take a value chain approach to supporting these sectors, meaning that we look at them in a holistic way—from the individuals producing raw materials to the businesses selling products in domestic and foreign markets.

 

Fonkoze’s Zafèn team is leading this effort, supporting small and growing entrepreneurs—especially those who would not qualify for credit at a formal financial institution—by providing them with training, coaching, and soft loans. To date, Zafèn has disbursed over $1.7 million raised through peer-to-peer lending platforms like Kiva Microfunds, Inc. We have helped 575 entrepreneurs create over 900 permanent jobs. As a means of further supporting these entrepreneurs, Zafèn works closely with Fonkoze financial services and Kiva.org, helping to prepare the entrepreneurs to pursue financial services in the formal sector.

 

Currently, one of Zafèn’s core programs supports the artisan sector in Haiti in collaboration with the Artisan Business Network and Fonkoze financial services. Zafèn is helping to build the business skills of the artisans while the Artisan Business Network is helping to refine their skills and connect them with domestic and international markets.

Artisans Business Network

Currently, one of Zafèn’s core programs supports the artisan sector in Haiti in collaboration with the Artisan Business Network and Fonkoze financial services. Zafèn is helping to build the business skills of the artisans while the Artisan Business Network is helping to refine their skills and connect them with domestic and international markets.

Read Their Stories

“My son is my main motivation.  After watching and helping me for years, he can also make these products.   I want him to be something more important in life, maybe manage or own his own shop.” -Jean-Roberts Merome

Donate Today

Get Updates

Learn More

STAY CONNECTED TO FONKOZE

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