May 27, 2009
[caption id="attachment_134" align="alignleft" width="267" caption="Alex and Yeardley Smith at Fonkoze education meeting with Myriam Narcisse, Fonkoze education director"][/caption]
On our final day in Haiti, we visited a literacy class, conducted by microfinance clients for microfinance clients. Fonkoze’s path-breaking adult education program, modeled on the work of Brazil’s educator and visionary Paulo Freire, involves training clients to deliver four-month modules – on topics as diverse as basic literacy, children’s rights, maternal and child health, and environmental stewardship – to their peers. This approach represents social self-empowerment that, when coupled with economic self-empowerment through savings and loans, can propel women faster than either can alone.