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.
Dec 15, 2014

AFAGM Women Speak!

The Association of Women in Action in Gros Morne speaks loud and bold standing in front of their merchant table.  Not long ago, Agenise and 200 other women were struggling trying to make ends meet.  But that did not stop them from creating a group that has become the most efficient advocate for children, getting them reduced school rates also addressing abuse and violence against them.  Together they started to put pennies aside to create a fund that they call "solidarity fund".  It is through the reinforcement of this fund that Lambi has supported and generated the following story which I will let Agenise, one of the members pictured, tell herself:  

" Le nou pap travay te a, se pou nou fe ti komes pou nou pran swen fanmi nou.  Se ti ed sa ki fe nou viv e okipe zafe kay nou. (When we are not tilling the land, it is the small enterprises that help take care of our families.  It is this credit assistance that keeps our lives going and takes care of our households)

Today the organization has grown the fund from $573,000 gourdes to $1.1 million gourdes and has assisted 301 women to set up their small enterprises.  They are proud wearing their blue AFAGM t shirtds, representing women who are independent, empowered to serve their communities and having a greater hope for their children in the future.

This year Lambi Fund made $2 million Haitian Gourdes available that benefitted over 300 women and their families.  In addition, 210 women have benefitted from management, accounting and gender equity conferences and leadership training.

You have been a contributor in this process and we thank you for being a part of the changes that have improved our lives."

Happy Holidays!

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Dec 9, 2014

Long Term Building: Long Term Results

Healthy seedlings!
Healthy seedlings!

I walked the streets of Port-Au-Prince and there were many signs indicating a movement towards rebuilding Haiti physically;  especially the additon of 700 kilometers of roads, some paved,  some unpaved, spilling a rising cloud of dust for miles and muds when the rain falls. Unfofrtunately, these new constructions do not bring in local jobs since contractors are coming with their own crews from other countries.  

At the Lambi Fund of Haiti,  it is not business as usual since the earthquake and we continue this year with a portfolio of 24 activities in sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, community credit for farmers and womens' enterprises, mills and oxplows.  We are looking forward to closing this year, our 20th year from 1994 to 2014, having worked with 250 organizations in rural Haiti.  These were memorable years.  From the local wisdom we learned that shaped our approach and methods, to the increase in food production, animal breeding and the training across communities of women and men, we witnessed rural communities taking charge, making a difference even in the absence of infrastrure planning and support from government.  

While increasing the capacities of organizations with skills training and management training, we are ensuring long term stability in communities with the least resoources to sustain the aftermath of these major crisis.  In this renewal, Lambi Fund is looking towards increasing its own response capacity. In the coming year,the Lambi Fund of Haiti will,  for the first time, establish a permanent space for its offices which will include a site for training and meetings in an effort to reduce costs in the future.  

I hope you will be one of the first to jump onboard to help us create the space.  In the meantime, know that we planted 422,000 new trees, added 1021 goats to the herd and launched the construction of 20 new cisterns in drought ridden Jean Rabel, in the locality of Dityet, Mawotye and Lakoma.  We avail $2,000,000 gourdes in credit for planters and women at 2% interest revenue that goes to their organization to increase their loan fund.  These activities are very active e elements of rebuilding life in the communities affected, increasing food production assuring involvement to support the local market through local enterprises.

All that because you have been there also for the long haul.  I cannot thank you enough and wish you the best for this Holiday Season!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

Invisible road...
Invisible road...
Wet journey...
Wet journey...

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Nov 6, 2014

Plowing Forward To Improve Food Security

A freshly plowed field
A freshly plowed field

I still remember looking at the farmers with hoes on their shoulders in the early morning hours, trying to get to their field to till the soil pending the first drop of rain to layer their first seeds.  It is the begining of a new season.  Today, with the help of many of you they are walking the oxen that will do ten times the labor for that day.

This is the rainy season so long awaited by so many.  You see the drought is longer and the rainy season has shortened with the climatic events we are experiencing in Haiti.  So it is even more important that the hoe is slowly being replaced by the oxen-pulled plow.

In advance of this season, we have added 13 plowers and 26 oxen to 4 organizations namely:  

Union of Planters for the Development of Picot (UPLADEP)
Society for development of NIppes (SADN)
Peasant organization of Boula. (OPB)
Group of Women Miracle of faith (GWOFAMIL)

They together serve their membership of 379 (189 men and 148 women) and their communities.  In all they will till 30 acres and offer plowing services to 166 farmers outside of their membership.  SADN had a waiting list from the last season, a line of farmers who will multiply their acreage this year and be able to harvest in time and relatively more produce they would have expected doing all the tilling by hand.

We are adding acre by acre to the production of food in Haiti and meeting the need for local organically grown food in the rural areas and their local markets.

You have helped make it possible and we hope you will be able to continue building this sense of security and productivity with your valuable support!

Preparing them to plow
Preparing them to plow
Working hard
Working hard

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