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 16, 2014

Credit for Farmers Increases Food Production

An ox-plow at work
An ox-plow at work

It is a difficult task for farming to grow in Haiti.  Yet, 60% of the population is reported as dependent on farming for livelihood.  With the steady lack of employment alternatives and the lack of income, local farming remains a priority for all Haitians who are unable to afford imported goods for adequate food intake.  In addition, basic social services that can create a safety net for the poor do not exist.  

Although a priority on agriculture has been established under the current administration, targeted for assistance is agro-business for export and large import of basic staples, paralyzing the growth of the local market.  Yet, small family farms are the core of food production for local food intake. Bank loans for farmers are very limited and practically nonexistent for the poor farmers. Credit Unions or groups are taxed once their credit fund balance reaches $1 million gourdes; Lambi Fund is supporting those who take the initiative and we are reinforcing their capacity to fund themselves.  

“I grew to understand why my father goes so early in the morning in the field,” said young Ernest.  I was sitting side by side on the step talking with him.  His father was tilling the field for planting waiting on rain.  By the time it is 11:30 in the morning, no farmer would not be able to throw the hoe and turn the land as a result of the labor they have already put in.  It is upwards to 85 F and they really earn their keep by the sweat of their brows.  If they start in the morning at about 5:00am, by midday there is no possible way to continue.  With the ox-plow, five times as much work can be done.  Lambi Fund adds a credit fund with every ox-plow project.  Credit funds allow the farmers to start with an initial investment to purchase the ox-plow service and maximize its production and thus their profit.  Within the first harvest they can repay their loans and build their capacity to supply the local markets.  The availability of the ox-plow service does not increase production; it is the capacity of the farmer to purchase the service that makes the difference.  

Sustainable agriculture as a priority of the Lambi Fund of Haiti assures that production is increasing and continues with the interest that returns to the organizations.  

Thank you for your generous contribution that has made the ox-plow credit fund available for farmers in rural area Haiti. 

Happy Holidays!

Before access to the ox-plows...
Before access to the ox-plows...
Awesome results!
Awesome results!

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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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