We create opportunities for Haitians living in poverty to achieve sustainable human and economic development.
In 2009, the international leadership of the Vincentian Family (numerous organizations inspired by the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul) joined Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze to initiate a project that would enable people worldwide to loan or donate to businesses in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest on earth.
Zafèn launched April 1, 2010, at DePaul University. The inaugural event was attended by the Hon. Lesly Condé, consul general of Haiti based in Chicago. He said at that event, “There is a new era on the horizon. I have no doubt that my compatriots have the necessary resilience to face the challenges at hand. But we need more than that. We need a set of new strategies that must involve every Haitian at home and abroad as well as friends of our country from the four corners of the globe.”