Haiti was the first independent country in Latin America, but unfortunately has grappled with persistent poverty, natural disasters, and political unrest, which have hindered economic development and social progress. Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest countries in the world.
The Central Plateau is one of these rural regions with a relatively high percentage of people living in ultra-poverty. Most of their children are not in school. They live in homes without adequate shelter, exposing them to occasional torrential rains. Their health is at risk because they have no means to treat the water they must drink. For this reason, Opportunity International adopted a new, unique strategy for assisting the development of families in this region and economic circumstance.
This 18-month program offers life skills training alongside weekly home visits from case managers. Participants receive assets to start their own business and a cash stipend for the first six months. The program results in better living conditions and an economically sustainable livelihood for graduates.
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