Pathway to a Better Life: Chemen Lavi Miyò (short)
This 6-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 highly 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.
After a series of pilots in three regions of Haiti, the program is now ready to scale up in the central plateau. Anne Hastings, director of the program, wants to scale up the program to reach every single village in Haiti, and to demonstrate to the world that there is a proven, replicable methodology for accompanying people as they struggle to make their way out of extreme poverty. "It doesn't take a genius to implement this model," she says: "It just takes dedication to working with this population group."
Camera/editor: Peter Cairns
Written and produced by Jeanette Thomas