Pathway to a Better Life: Chemen Lavi Miyò

Chemen Lavi Miyò is a program in Haiti testing a new approach to helping people living in extreme poverty to transition to a sustainable way of life.

This 8-minute film follows case workers in Haiti's central plateau as they work with new members of a program to reach people living in extreme poverty. The program - Chemen Lavi Miyò or "Pathway to a Better Life" in Haitian creole - is testing a new approach to helping people living in extreme poverty to transition into a sustainable way of life. This structured and intensive program combines livelihoods and basic support with training and financial management so that at the end of just 18 months, participants will be equipped with the skills and a business plan to move themselves out of poverty. The case managers "accompany" the women now in the early stages of their journey out of extreme poverty--a time of great change in their lives, but also some setbacks. We observe the remarkable transformation in the lives of these women, and in their hopes and plans for the future.

Camera/editor Peter Cairns

Written and Produced by Jeanette Thomas.

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