Ti Koze (“Little Chat”) uses picture storytelling to address real-life problems that Fonkoze clients face. Led by Solidarity Center chiefs (women elected as leaders by their peers), the program offers discussion-based life skills instruction during the second Solidarity Center meeting of each month.
The format not only empowers Center chiefs to take responsibility for Center meetings, it engages all members in discussion through “reflection circles” that follow from Haiti’s storytelling tradition. For many members, the richly illustrated Ti Koze storybooks are the only colored book they own.
Ti Koze is active in all 46 branches, providing each of Fonkoze’s 64,000+ Solidarity borrowers with knowledge about how to protect her home and business in the face of flooding, how to better invest their loan capital, and how to protect their children from illness.