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The Power of the Purse: Haitian Women Build Their Economic Strength
MIREBALAIS, HAITI — Purses: They carry all sorts of useful sundries such as pens, business cards, lipstick, and gum. Most importantly, purses carry money.
Here in Haiti, where 54 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, microfinance organization Fonkoze is helping women build businesses that feed their families, lift them out of poverty and pad their purses with a bit of cash.
Yesterday at a Fonkoze community meeting I noticed the variety of handbags women carried around. Many were black. Some were small. All seemed to be carried with pride by their owners.
Text and Photos by Laura Elizabeth Pohl.
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