Monday, February 15, 2010

Today at the Borgen Project...

Today at The Borgen Project we were granted the company of a previous intern from the Haiti-based micro-credit institution, Fonkoze. Georgina Allen spent 6 months interning at Fonkoze and enlightened us with her many experiences of working with the Haitian people as well as her experiences of the impact micro-finance loans have made in the lives of the people who receive them.

Fonkoze was started in 1995 by a group of just 32 grassroots leaders and has since grown to to 765 employees, with over 54,000 loan clients.

According to Ms. Allen the efforts of Fonkoze has enabled many to escape the abject poverty that once afflicted their lives But she also cites that much work still needs to be done to promote the economic sustainability that is currently lacking in the country of Haiti - most notably, the energy and transportation infrastructure that hinders long term progress.

To learn more check out their website: Fonkoze.

- Tiffanie Depew