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 13, 2014

Farmers in Gros Morne Increase Their Revenue With CPP

250 farmers from APGBRM in the commune of Gwomon continue to grow their farming business today.  They boast today about FHI A21, a type of plantain robust disease resistant.  You see their production of plantain was being destroyed with Sigatoga until the CPP, Center for Plantain Propagation of the Lambi Fund started training farmers in Gwomorn  on how to decorticate the roots and wipe out Sigatoga that was destroying their harvest of plantain. CPP has trained over 250 farmers.  

They have not only suspended the spread of the disease, but they have together coordinated a cooperative that is producing plantain chips, organic, nutritious.  Their goal is to avail these chips to the school yards during recess and in general for snack.  Plantain chips  provides a better nutrient full snack for children in school.  It is a potential sustainable market.  A third party evaluation confirms the sustainability of the FH1 A21 and the increase in income and stability of revenue for the farmers.  Currenlty, they are also benefiting from the sale of the offshoots plantain trees.  Each tree will deliver a minimun of five offshoots.  

A recent third party evaluation and surveys by INFODEV confirms that farmers in Gwomorn are improving their lots, the local market is flooded with the type of plantain and the consumer demand continue to increase.  The important aspect is that farmers are back to work and they are getting their children an education and health care because their plantain harvest has tripple in revenue since the eradication of the disease in their field.

The Center for Plaintain Propagation continues to support farmers, as they improve and increase their production of plantain, a primary staple in the food consumption! in Haiti.  Why not continue to support local farming 

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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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