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 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.

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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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Feb 3, 2014

Local Organization Managing Food Insecurity in its Community

Lambi Fund’s Sustainable Development program aims to lay the foundation for organizations to increase food security in their communities and income for their rural members’ families. Organizasyon Peyizan Moje (OPMO) wants to provide its 150 members (100 men and 50 women) with resources that will make the soil more productive and increase their agricultural outputs.  The erratic rainfall in the area has made it difficult for OPMO members to have a consistent source of food and income for their families.   Therefore, OPMO approached Lambi Fund with a project proposal that included a request for four three-inch mobile irrigation pumps and 150,000 Haitian gourdes (HTG) to create the agricultural credit fund.  Additionally, OPMO requested technical assistance to build a project framework and learn about mobile pump operations and credit fund management.

 On March 15, 2013, Lambi Fund staff and 31 members of OPMO (nine Executive Committee members and 22 local delegates) convened to officially launch the irrigation and credit fund project.  In a formal ceremony, participants reiterated the intentions of the project, and the needs that it is aimed at addressing.  OPMO members expressed hope that the project will have impacts in the wider community, beyond the organization and its members.

 In the first six months of the project, OPMO has completed the following activities:

  •  OPMO established a 150,000 HTG agricultural credit fund and disbursed loans, each for 5,000 HTG, to 30 members to make investments in their farms.
  • Borrowers are ahead of schedule in repaying their loans due to a highly productive agricultural season.
  • Thirty-one OPMO members are in project committee positions, taking responsibility for project activities.
  • The organization has four mobile irrigation pumps that has stabilized access to water for its members during the dry season that began in late fall.

Recognizing that sustainable agriculture is an essential element in the development of rural Haiti, The Lambi Fund will work closely with members of OPMO during the next 24 months.  We will provide, training education, capacity building for the organization and will jointly work on developping strategies to meet the recurrent challenges of climate change and lack of national infrastructure support.  

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