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.
May 6, 2014

More Oxplow projects: Responding to food security

plowed field expanding food production
plowed field expanding food production

The Lambi Fund continues to expand the capacity of rural farmers to bridge the gap by increasing production of Food as GWOFAMIL moves forward providing services to its mebership and the community to plow nearly double the field worked on previous year.  Our new Oxplow project is the Society for Agricultural development of Nip (SADN) that has 45 members (20 women and 25 men).  These farmers face the same major issue of low agricultural productivity and limited access to farming tools in their community.  They have  partnered with Lambi Fund to launch an ox-plow service for their members and the farmers in the community.

Lambi Fund is funding the purchase of six oxen and three plows and providing training on sustainable agriculture and organizational capacity building to the membership. This ox-plow service will provide members with access to oxen that can plow their fields affordably and efficiently. 

 

, Lambi Fund staff and 38 SADN members gathered in Lazil to launch the project. Now in full implementation, 25 members have received three days of training to upgrade their managerial capacity; 25 have participated in three days of agroforrestry training to enhance their skills in farming.

Completed activities thus far: 

  • The service, complete with three oxen-pulled plows, is up and running.
  • The organization has a treasury of 47,326 HTG  from service sales so far.
  • Forty-five SADN members have received training in organizational management and accounting principles.
  • SADN employs two people in the community as plow operators, and four members have received training in plow operation so far.
  • A total of 72  farmers request for plow service has been delivered.  28 requests are wait listed.                           A major challenge is the current drought, the area has not seen rain since August and is facing major water access for planting.  Climatic changes has become the focus of uncertaininty in the planting season.  Managing the unexpected extreme is one that is most difficult and can become a precursor to food shortages in spite of all the efforts that farmers are making.  the need to develop silos to store food is a primary need for all the nation at this point.  
expand production with ox plow service
expand production with ox plow service
From hoe to Ox plow, augmenting production
From hoe to Ox plow, augmenting production
from hoe to Ox plow augmenting food production
from hoe to Ox plow augmenting food production

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Mar 13, 2014

Rebuilding Efforts from Rural Farmers in Haiti

KPM Nursery
KPM Nursery

Peasant farmers are working locally making a difference in the standards of living in their respective communities in spite of challenging climatic events like hurricane Sandy and the drought that followed. In our partnership with rural farmers in Haiti, we continue to witness remarkable courage, determination and resilience. Indicators like increasing memberships in local organizations, the level of utilization of service like ox-plowing, irrigation, water provision from the riverbed are all elements of building more sustainability for communities assuming leadership to create long term change in their quality of life.

The Association of Farmers and Breeders of Akin (APEAG), located in the Artibonite region, began their goat breeding in 2012. Since the inception of the partnership, their membership increased by 31%, their herds have grown from 120 to 222 and now to a 342 animal count benefiting 126 members. The Veterinary pharmacy extends its services to the whole community stabilizing animal health among all farmers through preventive vaccination and medicine for disease management. The project is in its evaluation phase but its impact is showing positive progress beyond the membership.

Below are summaries of the projects and their status of implementation:

Increase food production in rural communities in Haiti.  By the end of 2012, over 80 percent of the sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry projects supported by Lambi Fund will increase their annual crop yields or animal production.

o  Lambi Fund supported five new or continuing grain mill projects in 2012. Four, or 80 percent, of grain mills are operating and have directly increased the amount of crop local farmers are processing for sale in the local market.
o  Lambi Fund also supported seven new or continuing animal husbandry projects in 2012, 100% of which saw an increase in healthy goat and sheep production. However, Lambi Fund had the hard target of producing 628 kid goats in 2012, though only 564 were born as of late December, a shortfall of ten percent. This is largely attributed to one project, the Peasants Organization of Bige (OPB), where a number of goats initially purchased for the project fell ill in transit. Some died, and others failed to bring their kids to term.

By the end of 2013, over 80 percent of the sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry projects supported by Lambi Fund will have access to resources to increase their annual agricultural activity.

o  Lambi Fund has launched four new sustainable agriculture or animal husbandry projects in the first five months of 2013, including: OPMO Irrigation, SADN Ox-Plow Service, OPDTM Goat Breeding, and KAPKAK Coffee production. APCE goat breeding and APKB irrigation and agro credit.  In 2013 goat breeding has yielded an additional 688 goats
o  Lambi Fund has also launched a new phase in the Center for Plantain Production (CPP) project to support papitas (plaintain chips production)& Cooperative Agricultural Production of Gros Morne) KOPWAGM and explore community needs to identify crops that future training initiatives should support.

Improve access to credit in rural communities in Haiti.  By the end of 2012, at a minimum six community credit funds will be reinforced.

o  Lambi Fund supported one project in 2012 with reinforcement of a community credit fund as its main activity. Funds were disbursed to the organization, Association of Women for Action in Gros Morne (AFAGM), in December 2012, and the first lending cycle is complete and has been fully reimbursed. AFAGM is proceeding with the second lending cycle to his women members.
o  Lambi Fund also supported four other projects with community credit funds as a supporting activity. One organization, Peasant Movement for the Agricultural Development of Delann (MOPDAD), reinforced two credit funds, one which specifically targeted female members, while the other three organizations reinforced one fund each.

By the end of 2013, at a minimum, three additional community credit funds will be reinforced.

o  Lambi Fund has launched four new projects involving community credit fund reinforcement in the first five months of 2013: AGPBRM, OPAGDEVES, and OPMO. AGPK
o  Additionally, AFAGM has completed its second lending cycle with HTG 250,000 gourdes. AFAGM members are using the loans to support their small food and clothing vending businesses, though two members have put the money towards their small restaurant.

Improve sanitation in rural areas of Haiti.  By the end of 2012, at a minimum, 16 community latrines are built and maintained by eight grassroots organizations.

o  Lambi Fund supported the construction of ten community latrines, each containing three units and equipped with hand soap and a small cistern for clean water. The 37.5 percent shortfall is due to lack of funds.
o  Lambi Fund also supported the construction of 14 cisterns in the northwest.

By the end of 2013, at a minimum, ten community latrines are built and maintained by five grassroots organizations.

o  Lambi Fund staff is currently working with its partners to raise funding to add latrines.
o  The risk of cholera during the rainy season is higher, so Lambi Fund staff is discussing prevention practices with its partners, distributing visual aid information on prevention of cholera, the treatment of water.
o  Lambi Fund has adopted a new project policy. Every project construction will have latrines and access to water for hygiene and sanitation.

Increase reforestation efforts in Haiti.  By the end of 2012, at a minimum, eight community organizations are planning or have completed a reforestation project, resulting in a total of at least 120,000 trees planted.

o  In 2012, six Lambi Fund supported projects planted a total of 160,000 tree seedlings.
o  The remaining two organizations that launched Lambi Fund-supported projects in 2012 are planning the reforestation phases of their projects in 2013.

By the end of 2013, at a minimum, five community organizations are planning or have completed a reforestation project, resulting in a total of at least 100,000 trees planted.

o  Lambi Fund launched one new Reforestation project in the first five months of 2013: MPC is planting 60,000 fruit and shade tree seedlings. Additionally, KAPKAK will plant 45,000 coffee tree seedlings and 15,000 shade tree seedlings in its Sustainable Development project.
o  KPM has planted a second round of 60,000 tree seedlings, having distributed the first round among its members.

Increase skills and knowledge of leaders.  By the end 2012, 80 percent of the organizational leaders will indicate an increase in leadership and community organizing skills, democratic principles, gender equity and reforestation techniques, as well as skills gained in at least one of the following areas: community credit fund management; sustainable agriculture practices; animal husbandry techniques; or water quality and health, sanitation and hygiene techniques.

In 2012, Lambi Fund organized:

o  Twenty organizational management and leadership development trainings.
o  Seven animal husbandry trainings.
o  Ten sustainable agriculture trainings.
o  One environment training.
o  Two gender equity seminars.

By the end 2013, at least 150 organizational members will have participated in trainings for leadership and community organizing skills, democratic principles, gender equity and reforestation techniques, as well as at least one of the following: community credit fund management; sustainable agriculture practices; animal husbandry techniques; or water quality and health, sanitation and hygiene techniques.

Thus far in 2013, Lambi Fund has organized:

o  Five nursery management trainings.
o  Three capacity building and accounting trainings.
o  Two credit fund management trainings.

Your donation has made it possible for us to partner with peasant farmers to create activities that lead to the reduction of poverty in their respective communities. Know that increased revenue and job creation through alternative economy results in increased capacity for parents to cultivate more land, ability to pay the schooling for their children, and access medical care for their families. Because our projects are sustainable, we assist our partners to improve their quality of life for their families and their communities.

One of the goat pens built by the women of OFJ
One of the goat pens built by the women of OFJ

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Mar 13, 2014

Farming Still Essential to Income in Haiti

Lambi fund relies on Haitians themselves to identify the needs and the most effective solutions for their community.

Lambi Fund’s emphasis on democracy, a community’s actual needs and locally-led solutions ensures more successful outcomes.

Lambi Fund partners with peasant-led community organizations in Haiti that support non-violence, gender equity, self-sustainability, and grassroots democracy.

In the ongoing efforts to help families get back to work and continue working, Lambi Fund and its community partners developed 5 community-led enterprises that were launched or strengthened 2012 and nearing completion in 2014

A total of three grain mills were built and are being managed by organizations across Haiti. Aside from employing grain mill operators and managers, these mills are providing rural farmers with a convenient, affordable and high-quality option for milling their grains, rice and millet.

One sugarcane mill is providing organization members with a valuable way to transform their abundant sugarcane crop into syrups. One is for baking and the other, more lucrative syrup is for sale at the local market. Members not only save time, but produce more (and make more money) now that they are not making syrup by hand.

One coffee cooperative is increasing coffee production and improving processing through the modernization of equipment. After planting 100,000 cof­fee and shade trees, growers are growing more coffee than ever before, while improved processing has improved quality and processing capacity..

These community enterprises are one element in the spectrum of rural farmers maintaining their capacity to work, assuring their revenue and supporting the levelof national production to support food security.

Grain Mills: Saint Martin Youth Association for Community Development (AJSDC) • Peasant Movement for the Agricultural Development of Delann (MOPDAD) • Peasants Organization for the Development of Robert (ODRO) • Sugarcane Mill: The Partnership for Change in Ravin Olyann (ACHVRO) • Coffee Production: The Coffee Cooperative of Peasants from Gwomòn (KOKAPEG)

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