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 23, 2014

Building Cisterns Builds a Community

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On November 27th 2014, the leadership of the grassroots organization receiving the cisternsin the northwest region of Jean rabel,  met to contract the start up of the cistern project.  Two women, Marceline and Erzulia, and one man, Joseph, met to review the contract, their contributions in rocks and stones, labor, the preparation of the road for the delivery of the materials and the purchasing list for the construction.

This committee represented each of the localities benefitting from the cisterns: Dityet, Lakoma and Mawotye.   

The local contribution is as follows: gathering of fine sand for mortar, breaking pebbles in 12 cubic meter pieces per cistern for the mortar, assuring access for cement and other material delivery, transporting material to sites; working with the engineers and identified trainees for management of the water system.

There are already some positive outcomes from the time that the cisterns were announced.  In the form of a konbit, a community's most reknowned  workgroup format, the residents have gathered and mended the roads so that the materials can arrive. These localities are removed and road access is difficult at best.  They have been working to make the ditches more passable so that the trucks could reach further in order to deliver.  In cases of inaccessible paasageways, the residents will carry the materials to the sites.

The Lambi Fund has contracted the firm Pro Consult to build the cisterns.  At the initial preparations, the training is availed to local residents.  Each training is delivered to a minimum of 30 persons and will address the collection, treatment and maintenance of the cisterns.  

This begins an exciting year for Jean Rabel and its localities where the hope for water and improved life has become a reality due to your initial gift.  You gift has inspired 113 people and  5 foundations to give $93,818.50 which we have received to complete this project in turn we will "Give Water and Give Life" to 7,500 people.

Thank you for making this project possible!

Have a healthy and Happy Holiday season!

All hands on deck!
All hands on deck!
A similar cistern
A similar cistern

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Dec 17, 2014

Are We Meeting Our Goals?

The most important aspect of the work of the Lambi Fund of Haiti is to support activities that generate revenue and are sustainable.  The lack of employment in general, and the lack of new job categories renders farming a critical component for survivability.  Although not on the higher scale of government priorities, and for investors the least appealing, it is first in the livelihood of over 5 million rural community dwellers in Haiti. 

Creating jobs that create revenue is integrated in every aspect of the work we support accross vulnerable communities:

  • Community Credit for women lead to small enterprises
  • Community Credit for planters allow farmers to purchase day services to till the soil, harvesting more production
    thus more revenue
  • Training nursery hands (16), vet technicians (5) and mill and pump operators(12) not only provides specialized work but generates revenue for families

The Lambi Fund of Haiti has supported 24 projects in 2014, amongst which 7 have been evaluated and are functioning on their own within their third year of operation.  

We added 6 new initiatives among them:  

IPTKSK:  (United Heads Together in Savanne kare)  addressing the extended drought in the northwest building 30 cisterns to provide potable water to 7,500 families.

SOFALA: (Solidarity of Active Women in Lafrezilie) Peanut butter production.

KOFOKA: (Coordination of Women Organized in Akin) enhanced production of fruit and peanut and community credit.

OPB: (Organization Peasant of Boula) OX plow and community credit for farmers.

ACHVRO: (Association for Changing the View of Ravyn Olyan)  Increasing the production of cane syrup by adding three more commercial broilers/community credit fund for women merchants. 

ODEPERIB (Organization for the Development of White River)  Expanded community credit to women and management training.

In all, the organizations together planted over 422,000 new seedlings which have been distributed and planted accross the community. To promote farming necessitates a formal plan to redress the ravaged eroded environment accross the country.  An effort that must become national to make the impact effective.

Thank you for supporting the work of the rural farmers, taking charge of their communities and making a difference in their own lives. 

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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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