Lambi Fund of Haiti

The Lambi Fund's mission is to assist the popular democratic movement in Haiti. The Lambi Fund provides financial resources, training and technical assistance to peasant-led community organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.
Jun 16, 2014

Organization of the Peasants of Boula Taking Charge!

Formed in 1975, the Organization of the Peasants of Boula (OPB) has a goal to improve the economic and social conditions of the members and the region.  It began its agricultural activities with 50 members and now has a count of 248 (120 men and 128 women).  In general, the region lacks potable water, roads for access, education and health care.  The greatest problem the farmers encounter is timely tilling of the soil to benefit from the rainy season for planting and harvest for their income.  For this reason, they proposed to develop an ox-plow service to facilitate their timely planting as well as increase the acreage used for agricultural  production, thereby increasing income and revenue for all members and community dwellers.

The Lambi Fund, in partnership with OPB, will purchase 4 pairs of cows and 3 ox-plows.  The organization is responsible for the feeding of the animals.  They will develop grazing areas as well as produce feed reinforced with nutrients for the meager months and dry seasons.  In addition, the membership will benefit from management, animal husbandry and nursery training that will take place throughout the 18 months of the implementation phase.  The project will provide OPB with the means of financing and give technical assistance to assure sustainability of the service .  A community credit fund is attached to the project to build the capacity of the planters to purchase the ox plow services at the initial stages.  OPB will also produce 20,000 seedlings to plant in the area they serve. 

The population of Boula was limited in their capacity to improve their income and revenue, labor and till more acreage and thus improve the conditions for planters and their families that make up over 65% of the work in the area.  This initiative is an enterprise that will touch the lives and livelihood of planters and their peasant families in profound ways.  It will increase access to goods and services such as school and health care that has to be paid for and it will increase production of food in a time when food security is a major concern throughout the country.

This began implementation in April of 2014 after a full year of investigation, organizational capacity building and training.  We look forward to keeping you informed on one of the ways Lambi Fund, in partnership with rural Haiti, develops commuunity-run enterprises that makes a different in the life of the community. 

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Jun 13, 2014

Farmers in Gros Morne Increase Their Revenue With CPP

250 farmers from APGBRM in the commune of Gwomon continue to grow their farming business today.  They boast today about FHI A21, a type of plantain robust disease resistant.  You see their production of plantain was being destroyed with Sigatoga until the CPP, Center for Plantain Propagation of the Lambi Fund started training farmers in Gwomorn  on how to decorticate the roots and wipe out Sigatoga that was destroying their harvest of plantain. CPP has trained over 250 farmers.  

They have not only suspended the spread of the disease, but they have together coordinated a cooperative that is producing plantain chips, organic, nutritious.  Their goal is to avail these chips to the school yards during recess and in general for snack.  Plantain chips  provides a better nutrient full snack for children in school.  It is a potential sustainable market.  A third party evaluation confirms the sustainability of the FH1 A21 and the increase in income and stability of revenue for the farmers.  Currenlty, they are also benefiting from the sale of the offshoots plantain trees.  Each tree will deliver a minimun of five offshoots.  

A recent third party evaluation and surveys by INFODEV confirms that farmers in Gwomorn are improving their lots, the local market is flooded with the type of plantain and the consumer demand continue to increase.  The important aspect is that farmers are back to work and they are getting their children an education and health care because their plantain harvest has tripple in revenue since the eradication of the disease in their field.

The Center for Plaintain Propagation continues to support farmers, as they improve and increase their production of plantain, a primary staple in the food consumption! in Haiti.  Why not continue to support local farming 

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Jun 12, 2014

500 Women Solidarity Enterprising Community Credit

Some of the members of COFECA
Some of the members of COFECA

Mesina stood proud and said "I am growing my business, keeping my children in school and my family alive.  I do not have to pay an arm and a leg for it and I am helping other women do the same,"

This is the story of one of 500 women who started a mutual fund putting together their one dollar (45 HTG) contribution at their monthly meeting. COFECA met the Lambi Fund a year ago and presented their proposal to develop their community credit inside the organization who is involved in transforming peanut into peanut butter; supporting women who make jelly to sell on the local market and seamstresses making clothing for local children and adults.  This organization has been struggling to expand their membership's enterprises.  

Lambi fund has funded the community credit fund to create a revolving fund.  Today 125 women of the 500 have already expanded their business with 5,000 HTG loan payable at 2% to the organization.  The interest is over 10% below  the market rate, and  will be used to expand loans to other members.  

The credit helps generate new revenue to assist women and expand food production in the Kavayon region.  Lambi Fund is currently supporting  9 organizations, like COFECA, with micro credit funds for over a thousand members to have access to small loans at 2% interest to generate or reinforce their small enterprise.  According to Foreign Policy.com, Haiti registers 75% of unemployment and widespread underemployment (2013). Building one's own enterprise is their income and revenue producing activity that keeps the family fed, the children in school.  It is the way out of poverty.  Creating work that generate an income for families is one of the many facets of rebuilding Haiti in the longterm.  

Leading a COFECA meeting
Leading a COFECA meeting

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