Marie Ange wasn’t always the confident woman she is today. A member of Fonkoze’s ultra-poverty alleviation program CLM (Chemen Lavi MayÒ or Pathway to a Better Life), she says that she has learned some valuable life lessons that have helped to improve her self-esteem and her family’s livelihood. “I think back to how I was before I joined. My life wasn’t good at all. I had been struggling and suffering since I was a little girl. CLM has shown me a better way.” Since the passing of her mother when Marie Ange was only eight, her life has lacked stability. Moving from one family member’s home to several others throughout her youth made it difficult for her to discover her self-worth and find her place in this world. Through CLM, though, Marie Ange has worked hard to beat the odds stacked against her – and it is paying off.