Lambi Fund recently approved the launch of eight new projects that are helping move rural communities in Haiti along the long path towards recovery.
One of these new projects is a partnership with members of SADN to launch an ox-plow service. Lambi Fund will be working with this rural grassroots organization in Haiti to fund the purchase of oxen, plows, tools, and to provide the training necessary to operate an ox-plow service. The exciting thing about this project is that members in SADN's community will now have an easy and affordable way to plow their fields. Currently, farmers in the area cultivate their crops by hand. This back-breaking work is extremely time consuming and many farmers do not manage to plow their fields in time for planting season.
This ox-plow service will plow fields in mere minutes: freeing up the farmer's time to work on other tasks and to plant and cultivate even more land. Ultimately, more food will be grown and farmers will have more of their harvests to sell in the local market. This means the entire community wins!
Lambi Fund is working with the Youth Association of Sel (AJS) to help launch a community credit fund and grain storage facility. While this project is just in its preliminary stages, the impending impacts on the community are exciting. Our field monitors have been working hand-in-hand with AJS members to build organizational capacity and to provide them with the training necessary to manage a community credit fund, do bookkeeping and to manage a grain storage facility. As these workshops take place, young Haitians are gaining valuable skills in project and financial management that will not only enable them to make this project a success but to apply these skills to other areas in their lives. Once everything is up and running, the community credit fund will allow farmers access to affordable loans that will allow them to purchase more seeds, tools and supplies so that their crops produce more while the grain storage facility will provide AJS with the ability to purchase, store and sell affordable seeds.
The Lambi Fund of Haiti's 2010 Annual Report is here! Your support on the project "Expand Local Food Production in Rural Haiti" played a pivotal role in our response after the earthquake. Click here to download the report to read how Lambi Fund mobilized grassroots organizations, pooled resources, and launched a strategic response post-earthquake to provide relief and to begin rebuilding in Haiti.
Be sure to take a look at the section titled "Looking Forward," which will give you a detailed description of Lambi Fund's strategy for rebuilding and looking towards the future in Haiti.
Most importantly, thank you for your kind generosity after the earthquake! Your support has helped community-run enterprises regain their footing.
An important part of rebuilding after the earthquake has been providing rural communities with the capital they need to make investments in their economies and small business enterprises. Funding farmer credit funds is just the beginning. Lambi Fund has been busy running microcredit workshops that teach rural Haitians how to manage, lend money and operate these local credit funds. Providing these organizational leaders with the bookkeeping and financial skills necessary to maintain a local microcredit fund is an essential competent in ensuring the fund is a sustainable service available to everyone in the organization. An added bonus is that once these affordable loans are paid back, even more money is available to be loaned out to other members of the community to purchase more seeds and better tools that increase crop yields and improve local food security.
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