Micro-Lending Program a First for Businesswomen in Haiti

In the Central Plateau town of Hinche, Prime Minister (PM) Laurent Lamothe and Minister Yanick Mézile of Women's Affairs and Rights (WAR) implemented the micro-lending program, Pink Credit for Local Women (PCLW), which will disburse modest loans to small businesswomen in rural regions of Haiti.


Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe listed the objectives of the micro-lending program: empower women economically, erase the stigma of poverty assigned them, and offer encouragement their lives can be improved.

Government of Haiti (GOH) President Martelly, an advocate of small businesswomen, has spoken out about the effects of micro-lending on struggling, rural female-owned businesses. He emphasizes the financial support given by the micro-lending program will allay many fears women experience in providing for themselves and their families.

The concerns of small businesswomen have also been spotlighted at a women's conference held in March 2012 in Port-au-Prince. Minister Yanick spoke at several conference events, attended by more than 600 representatives and professional women's associations throughout Haiti.

The GOH has made the micro-lending program part of an initiative to monetize small businesswomen's startups in rural Haiti. PM Laurent Lamothe stressed the GOH's commitment to redress the inequities that have kept women from realizing their full potential. Specifically, he noted President Martelly's recent mandate that at least 30% of government jobs be filled by women.

In his concluding remarks at the PCLW program inception, he decreed all GOH ministries meet their responsibilities to tackle quality of life issues for Haiti's underclass, invoking the enshrined adage of public service, "The People Must Receive".

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