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 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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Jun 5, 2014

Responding to the Current Situation

A farmer with an Ox-Plow
A farmer with an Ox-Plow

If cholera resulted in broad policy of building latrines with every project where it is appropriate, it is simply a new dilemna tthat we face when we heard about "Chikungunya".  We have not only heard of it but on the day of the celebration of Lambi Fund's 20th anniversary in Camp Perrin, there were 11 people at our proximity suffering with a debilitating fever, joint pain, rashes, immobility.  A mosquito borne fever, it is infecting like wild fire and the projection is that 50% of the population will be affected by this desease that is very little known.  The Center for Disease Control in the United States affirms that there is no known treatment for the active period and its sequelae. 

I immediately think of the farmer in the rainy season and the potential to contract this infection by mosquito bites.  Our field monitor contracted Chikengunya and was disabilitated for days.  For our farmers without any institutional support from the department of health and any other institution of the State, what options and alternatives do they have?  The call for infrastructure building is past due, even as the discussion on minimum wage wagers on in Haiti, it is hard to detect any way the rural farmer is protected and preserved to continue its hard work. 

Latrines will continue to evolve, but it is the inclusion of the voice of the farmer and the focus on the public good that will ultimately improve his participation in the democratic processes in Haiti and improve his quality of life.

Stand with us to raise awareness and keep advancing the struggle to give life.

Dry Well
Dry Well

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May 6, 2014

Local Food Production Is About Education

Training and exchange of knowledge and information are important organizational capacity building tools.

Providing educational tools to the different sectors of Haitian society ,including youth, adults and professionals, represents a formidable task.  It is also an important element in  the Lambi Fund’s work with grassroots organizations. We often talk about the number of units of grains harvested and processed and not about the project specific skills and basic organizational management tools needed to be sustainable.  Our workshops include: Project Management, organizational capacity building, farming techniques, rights and responsibilities in building democracy; equity parity and access. Workshops participants gain skills that go beyond project management and operations.  They also offer the tools needed to think about the social context and share a vision of change as well as a plans of action charting the course for change and their community’s socio-economic transformation. 

Realizing the cost incurred in such trainings, Lambi as a matter of policy is continuously creating opportunity for training trainers who become model instructing their peers.  Recently the Lambi Fund has also encouraged and supported another strategy of mutual  help ( called relay) by identifying organizations with the capacity to become the source of information and training to other grassroots organizations. The trainee can attend workshops offered in through one of the projects financed by the Lambi Fund or through another organization which partners with the Lambi Fund. These workshops are usually held when the project is about to start, Lambi wants to be sure that the organization has had the opportunity to acquire the right tools and techniques which will enable them to manage the project in ways that will ensure sustainability benefiting its members and the community. 

2013 into 2014 was a successful year of skill transfer for our ruralpartners:  

Type of training                      Number of days        # of participants          Objectives realized

 Animal Husbandry/Goat breeding/               10                     327   Five organization began their herd with trained Vet                                                                                                       tech, pharmacy developing their base for revenue                                                                                                       and income to combat poverty in their community

Community Credit/financial management      18                      210    7 organizations received specific instructions to                                                                                                           manage credit for storing food,  credit forwomen 

Agroforestry                                               15                      214    5 organizations trained in techniques of banana                                                                                                          agroforestry including specific irrigation, ox-plowing 
Environment Creating nurseries                    30                       90      7 community organizations benefited in getting                                                                                                           nurseries set up for reforestation activities that                                                                                                           involved their whole community and for one                                                                                                                 organization KOKAPEG their goal to replenish                                                                                                            their colonial coffee stock planting 440,000                                                                                                                coffee trees and 45,000 ombrage trees for the                                                                                                             coffee.

We are very pleased to be able to educate and train our partners for their own growth and sustainability.  We thank you for your active participation.



Training in the field
Training in the field
sharing in small group and planing together
sharing in small group and planing together
fund for jewelry making for women
fund for jewelry making for women
New trees for planting
New trees for planting
Learning to plant seedlings for reforestation
Learning to plant seedlings for reforestation
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