FIDA recognizes that a business model is not sustainable when the majority of the participants are illiterate. We developed a comprehensive adult literacy program incorporating images and scenarios of rural life in Haiti that the average peasant farmer can relate to. Each level of the program is taught by men and women from the community who have been instructed by FIDA/pcH staff and undertaken a test to quality them.
Cooperatives are required to provide the locations of the teaching centers. Hours of instruction are scheduled to accommodate the work day so are held pre-dawn or late afternoon. As adult literacy is not viewed as priority in Haiti, the FIDA/pcH program is unprecendented.