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Microfinance for Mothers is an initiative to empower local mothers in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti's economy suffered immensely after the 2010 earthquake wiped out much of the nation's infrastructure and caused damage valued at 120% of Haiti's GDP. Now, 80% of Haitians live under the poverty line and 54% of Haitians live in abject poverty. Our project will fight poverty in Haiti by granting $20-40 loans to mothers in Medical Missionaries' Maternal Health Program.
With microloans, mothers will have the opportunity to create businesses and small-scale investments, generating economic growth within the local community. The microloan program will be coupled with health education, a strategy that has been shown to improve the efficacy of public health messages. One study by Dohn et al. in the neighboring Dominican Republic found that public health messages about proper care for diarrhea were nearly twice as effective when participants also received microfinance loans.
The families receiving microfinance loans will be able to use their profits to pay for school fees in Thomassique, thereby supporting further education and literacy in a nation with an overall literacy rate of only 52.9%. Together, we can support the economic, educational, and medical development of rural Haiti! For more information, please visit the Medical Missionaries webpage.
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