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Fonkoze's Staircase Out of Poverty

Offering both financial and development services, Fonkoze’s Staircase Out of Poverty provides a comprehensive approach to poverty alleviation in Haiti. Each of its four Steps is uniquely designed to provide a person with the resources and support they need to ascend from poverty, wherever they are in their climb. Along with the four main Steps, Fonkoze’s Staircase includes “Handrails”—programs that provide our members and clients with business skills training, education, and health services to support them as they progress. Our accompaniment is designed to help individuals succeed as they do the hard work required to climb the Staircase – creating a more promising future for themselves and their families.

Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM)

Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM), or The Pathway to a Better Life, empowers Haiti’s poorest families to lift themselves out of the most extreme form of poverty (ultra-poverty), with hope and vision for their futures. Learn More


Solidarity lending is Fonkoze’s core microfinance program. It provides loans to groups of five women (called a Solidarity group), creating a built-in system of accountability and support. Beginning at $45 and increasing to over $850, Solidarity loans enable women who have already established themselves as microentrepreneurs to expand their businesses. Learn More

Business Development

At the top of Fonkoze’s Staircase Out of Poverty is our Business Development program. With 12-month loans beginning at $1,300, Business Development clients use their increased loan capital and longer loan cycles to create thriving businesses. The Business Development program provides opportunities for Solidarity clients to move up the Staircase and expand their businesses.  Learn More

The "Handrails"

In addition to our microfinance programs, Fonkoze provides Education and Health services, and Business Skills Training which serve as Handrails to support our clients along their climb up the Staircase Out of Poverty.
  • Learn more about our Business Skills Training
  • Learn more about our Adult Education classes
  • Learn more about our Health programs

What We Do

We provide financial and development services to empower Haitians - primarily women - to lift their families out of poverty.
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Why Fonkoze?

For 28 years, our comprehensive approaches to allieviating poverty in Haiti have been proven effective year after year. Our programs and services are designed to meet individuals wherever they are on their journey out of poverty.
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Your Impact

Your support by way of donations, spreading the word and more, allows us to continue providing Haiti's most vulnerable the opportunities and support needed to rise out of poverty.
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