Haiti in the Spotlight as Alex Counts Begins Book on Fonkoze

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Siddhartha Chowdri with clients from Bihar

Alex Counts, president and CEO of Grameen Foundation, speaks with community members in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

We’re excited to learn that Grameen Foundation CEO Alex Counts is writing a book about Fonkoze, the leading microfinance institution in Haiti.
Counts, who we interviewed for our “Microfinance Matters” series,  joined other friends of Grameen Bank to establish Grameen Foundation in 1997.
Counts is taking readers to the core of his writing process through a blog that tracks his research and observations. He describes what he’s uncovering as a story of “resilience, solidarity and triumph.”
Today’s post, “Re-discovering Fonkoze — An Organization on the Move … And, Emerging Themes,” finds him recounting his first hours on the ground:
I am not new to Fonkoze, but even so, during my first 26 hours in the country I learned a lot.  Part of this is because it is impossible to understand everything about a complex institution, and also because things are always in flux at this most entrepreneurial of organizations.

Emily, Morgan and I began with an hour-long interview with Carine Roenen, a Belgian physician and former country director of the Irish NGO Concern (an important partner and funder of Fonkoze), who became the head of Fonkoze (the Haitian foundation whose name is a shortened form of the Creole for “Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation”) in 2009.  We learned about her life journey and how it led her to Fonkoze, which included a six year stint running a health clinic in Rwanda, and later marrying a Haitian doctor. 
Click here to read the rest of the post, and if you like what you read, don’t forget to bookmark Counts’ blog and revisit to follow his progress.
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