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.
Mar 13, 2014

Milling Grains Yields Revenue and Food Security

Mill In Operation
Mill In Operation

SUSTAINABILITY

When  OBS  partnered with the Lambi Fund of Haiti over 10 years ago to build a grain mill which would be run and operated by the organization member Jean V.  It was one of the first project addressing alimentation and improved working conditions for farmers.  Often they had to walk for half a day to grind their grain, transform into cereal for the market.  Their sole revenue would take the whole family to assure the harvest.  Children left school to carry grains to the mill.  far away.  One woman, Marie Denise said she would have to wake in the middle of the night to make it to the mill. Once the lines were so long she had to return home without grinding for the market.  

Jean V.  had to travel south to Kanperin to learn how to operate the new machine, vastly different than the hand grinder they were using then.  Jean lives in the Artibonite, a region in North West Haiti and had agreed to go to the only training center in Kanperin in the South. This training was not the only one. As the Lambi Fund team assessed and evaluated the workshops’ impact, it became evident that the teams trained to operate and maintain the mills needed to receive training. In addition , the organization needed a wider range of skill sets, including marketing, pricing and customer service.Today we are partnering with AJSDC in the Latibonite region adjacent to Gros Morne, the home of OBS.  It would take members of AJSDC over 10 hours to get to  Kanperin to obtain training.  Today it is the experienced OBS mechanics that have trained the new mechanics for AJSDC.  OBS serves as trainers, a model for hands on learning, model of what can be accomplished.  The experienced mechanics assure the overall functioning of the mill, troubleshooting when in need of repair.  OBS today accounts for three Milling machines, with capacity to pick up and deliver the grainss transformed to millet, corn meal and rice.  

All participants, including the facilitators benefit from the experience.  The members responsible for training other partner organizations face the occasional challenge to adapt their curriculum to the specific needs of a new community. Their experience as peer educators also strengthens their understanding of the realities in which they live, the commonality of some issues and the singularity of others.  The process transforms them into experts in the subject matter and in understanding and addressing the productive capacity and challenges of partner organizations. This peer exchange model  also reinforces the point that sustainability also means continuous learning and skills building

The mills no longer sit idle as had been the case in the past, when the motor breaks down, or if they need a spare part, they are able to fix the problem rapidly thanks to the support of their partner organization which is located in the area and which has most probably addressed and resolved these problems.  This makes it possible for the mills to operate more frequently  and more efficiently making it possible for the organizations to offer better service with greater profitability.

The essential idea is that peer educators and learners share some degree of common experience and desire to help and learn from one another.[1]  Peer education programs enable people to gain the knowledge and skills to strengthen their communities, advocate for themselves and their needs and assert more control over their lives.Since the peer to peer training has worked very well with mill operations,  the Lambi Fund has realized cost savings in estabishing the many mills that rural farmers are developing  and will continue to build  as rural farmers increase their productivity in the field. 

 

 

Transformed Millet
Transformed Millet
Maintenance
Maintenance
preparing for market
preparing for market
Documenting Daily Activities
Documenting Daily Activities

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Mar 10, 2014

Building Latrines: A matter of Policy

Typical open space where the organizations meet
Typical open space where the organizations meet

I remember last February going to visit one of our animal husbandry project in the south of Haiti, near .  We travelled three and half hours and there was no pitt stop for any urgent need.  Arriving in Chantal, everyone was scurrying to find a restroom. to no avail.  It took the cholera for all of us program providers to acknowledge that sanitary conditions is an integral emelment of development and improving the quality of living in the areas we are working.  Since the epidemic of Cholera started in 2011 and over 7,500 persons have died and over 150,000 gotten deathly ill, it has reframed the issue of potable water and sanitation for all concerned.

With your help the Lambi Fund placed 30 latrines strategically in the projects where there is public gathering such as the mills, where thousand of rural farmers gather during the harvesting season to transform their grains into eatable cereals to take to the market.  None of the mills had a restroom and access to water to wash hands and assure sanitation.

Not only we embarked on a campaign to inform the people how to prevent the transmission of the cholera virus based on the public health model and method targeting the rural area ,  we teach the people how to set up hand washing stations to sanitize hands before and after using the restroom and at the entry of the mills.  We also define a new policy for project development.  The Lambi fund will develop toilets and acccess to water for hands washing in all projects being built effective immediately.  Your contribution will assure that we continue to practice these preventive and safety measures throughout the rural areas where we have forged partnership to improve the living conditions in Haiti.

To see more Lambi projects click here or view our Annual Report by clicking here.

3-Stall Latrine
3-Stall Latrine

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Feb 3, 2014

Building Four New Grain Mills

AJSDC Grain Mill
AJSDC Grain Mill

 " I am a 35 year old mother of three sons and two daughters.  I am a member of AJSDC since its inception in 1997.  We are the most proud of the grain mill, our best accomplishment.  Personally, this grain mill has done me a great service.  I no longer have to walk hours to process my harvest and the mill gives us quick service.  I do not have to wait for long periods of time to get to the market.  I also do not grind with a hand grinder anymore. As a member of AJSDC, I can grind even if I do not have the money to pay upfront and I can pay AJSDC when I sell my products.  Now I have more time at home with my family.

My name is Marie C. and I am proud to be a member of AJSDC.  This mill gives me more motivation to work towards the growth of the organization and I will do everything I can for the association to last longer to serve people in the community."

The Lambi Fund of Haiti in partnership with the rural community organizations has constructed  four new mills: AJSDC in Latibonite, ODRO in Robert-Maniche, MOPDAD and  ACHVRO in Gros Morne, milling sugar cane into syrup and Klerin (distilled alcohol).  The three grain mills are providing rural farmers with a convenient, affordable and high quality option for milling their grains, rice and millet.   These partnership resulted in improving livelihood for 649 members and their families in addition to an increasing number of farmers in the region.  52.5% of the members are women.  

Each organization cited above has strengthened their committment to improve the environment in Haiti by planting 20,000 new fruit and forest trees in their respective communities.  80,000 trees in all!

Rice before transformation
Rice before transformation
Rice being transformed
Rice being transformed
The finished product
The finished product
Marie Denise - member of AJSDC
Marie Denise - member of AJSDC

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