In a country where the medical system is already fragile and accessibility to basic health services (and clean water) for its poorest citizens is severely lacking, a COVID-19 outbreak could devastate Haiti. The country’s lack of infrastructure (e.g., paved roads) makes it difficult for health officials to reach those infected and vice versa.
In addition to helping its clients and their communities protect their health during this pandemic, Fonkoze’s strategic response to COVID-19 in Haiti also involved taking measures to ensure the most vulnerable populations throughout the country do not become more food insecure in the days and weeks to come.
Since 1994, Fonkoze has empowered disenfranchised and poor Haitians to lift themselves out of poverty and to deal with crises, including hurricanes, earthquakes and political upheaval and pandemics. As such, Fonkoze Financial Services (SFF) employed the following strategies to support clients through the end of 2020: