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Investing in the next generation

CLE’s leadership model is founded on their experiences and stories. Our work is to identify, support and bring visibility to leaders that promote self-reliance and a more inclusive Haitian society. In 2012, CLE launched a series of research initiatives that became a trademark of our work. We highlight everyday leaders in Creole-language videos, articles and publications. We conduct surveys and present local solutions and innovations that address Haiti’s most systemic and engrained issues. These stories inspire others to believe that they, too, can bring much needed change to their own communities.
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Redefining Financial Inclusion in La Victoire

KOREMLL is a credit union created in April 2018 in La Victoire, a remote commune in the North department of Haiti. This initiative was the result of 30 community members’ participation in a CLE Leadership Certificate Program that focused on building crosssectoral collaborations for community economic development. In this program participants mapped community assets, and analyzed community economic inflows and outflows. They identified a broad need for local access to low-interest credit. Employing the financial management and budgeting tools from the course, they also identified community savings to collectively respond to this need.

The result was KOREMLL. Starting with 32 members and seed capital of 16,000 Gourdes, by July 2019, it had reached 113 members and financial assets of over one million Gourdes. Leveraging capital from members’ savings, KOREMLL launched a community store that sells commodities that were previously locally unavailable. According to members, the store reduced the risk and costs associated with traveling very long distances to obtain those basic goods. Community members who were interviewed affirmed that KOREMLL has changed their lives and businesses.

case studies videos

Bailly : Remembering leaders of the past to rebuild the future

KOFAR : Supporting development of powerful women leaders in the community of Saut D’Eau

San Yago : Building relationships between citizens & local government.

Les Palmes : Mayors working together to share resources

Soleil Lévé : Young people changing the face of Cité Soleil

Ouanaminthe Belle : Successful grassroots fundraising drive to pave city roads

La Montay : Entrepreneurs creating economic opportunities in rural community

CFPB : Increasing property taxes in three communes for increased autonomy and development


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