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 17, 2014

Together We Can Reach and Feed The People of Haiti

 

The work of the Lambi Fund, since its inception, is essentially to support the national food production.Today It is an integrative process that support grassroot organizations to develop agricultural entrants, build their tool banks and seeds; to work their plots of land. The priority projects that result in maximization of agricultural output are the Oxplow that increase the acreage tilled for planting  and the Credit for planters that accompanies the Oxplow project. the funds, at an interest rate of 2%, facilitates planters to pay for the service of plowing at the initial stages. All revenues from the service increases the capacity of the organization to care for the community.  Equally valuable are the mills that has been installed with grassroots managers and producers to transform the harvest into the basic staples for daily food consumption and caloric intake.  Rice, cornmeal, Maize and millet are the three major food staples that supplies the largest caloric intake in the daily meals of the 70% of Haitian people in the rural area.

With longer droughts and shorter rainy seasons, it is critical that preparing the acreage for planting is timely and more production for stockage is critical to food security.  Looking at the recent projects that usually takes 24 months to reach sustainable levels, we partner with the following organization to construct mills and develop ox-plowing services:  

 

Oxplow and credit funds                                                      Mills

Peasant movement of Lafreziliere (MPL)                    ODRO:  Corn, maize, millet
OPBK                                                                        OBS:  Corn, maize
GWOFAMIL                                                               KFTK-NW:  Rice
UPLADEP                                                                  AJSDC:  Rice, millet
                                                                                 ACHVRO:  Sugar Cane
                                                                                 MOPDAD:  Rice

Imagine that the Ox plow allows the farmer to till 20 times faster than with a man with a hoe!.  But not every farmer can afford two oxen and a plow, the feed and the repairs.  The organization that develop this service is an invaluable asset to the whole community of farmers in its immediate surroundings.  

AJSDC, Saint Martin Youth Association for Community Development in Lartibonite in Haiti has managed their mill for the last two years.  Between June and December 2013 they transformed 144,785 pounds of corn and millet, having received 2343 visits, and had revenue totalling 207,322 Haitian Gourdes (HTG).  They are not only feeding the people of Saint Martin but the community dwellers are benefitting in extraordinary ways:  such as having sufficient revenue or income to send their children to school and to provide the basic care like medical services for their children.  Were there not to have developped this service, women and girls would still be carrying their harvest 6 hours away to stand in line waiting for service, not guaranteed at times.  Girls will lose school days and women will be sleeping away from home waiting for a service to mill and to take to the market.  Today it is all dne in one day.

Together with sustainable plans, appropriate education, capacity building for the long term, in respectful partnership with rural haitian farmers, we can support the local market and feed thepeopleof our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ox plow faster than hoe
ox plow faster than hoe
food for thoughts
food for thoughts
ox plow faster than hoe
ox plow faster than hoe

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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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