The scheme had allowed struggling Haiti to buy petroleum products more cheaply and on credit, but it was plagued by allegations of misuse of aid money allocated by Caracas.
The financial upheaval that resulted from the scandal doomed the village project, and the public administrative office on site to collect rent closed, creating a sort of real estate loophole.
So people kept coming to the complex, because all of a sudden, it was a great deal.
"I came to live here becuse rent had become too high in my old neighborhood," explained William Saint-Pierre, who simply squatted in one vacant house.
Saint-Pierre pays no rent for his two-room dwelling, and doesn't pay any taxes on his off-book drinks business.
But he also likes the safety of the village with its neatly arranged, brightly colored homes.
"In the cities after five or six o'clock, you have to stay inside, and doors have iron gates. Look around us -- at my little wooden door, at homes without a security wall," Saint-Pierre said.
"I'm getting too old to hear gunshots at all hours of the day and night," added the 62-year-old.
Despite some benefits, including the absence of gang violence, Village Lumane Casimir is nevertheless geographically isolated and without any officials to run it.
That puts its most vulnerable residents at even higher risk.
Mitile cannot get around so she cannot find a job. She gets no public assistance. So she has to rely on handouts from neighbors.
"Sometimes, I've wanted to die," she admits, once her daughters aged 12 and 16 are o
ut of earshot.
"When my neighbors cook, they call my little one and tell her to come get a bowl for me," she says, tapping nervously on her damaged wheelchair.
"Before January 12 (the quake), we got by, but now, I'm worse than a baby."
FILE PHOTO: A woman prays among the rubble of the damaged main cathedral in downtown Port-au-Prince, January 9, 2011.-Reuters
In the village, which is effectively run by the residents themselves, those still suffering from injuries sustained in the quake and those who came seeking a better life say they feel forgotten by the government.
"If we had to wait for them to make good on their promises, we would be dead," Mitile says.
"There is no government. I am my own government." -- AFP