The most important aspect of the work of the Lambi Fund of Haiti is to support activities that generate revenue and are sustainable. The lack of employment in general, and the lack of new job categories renders farming a critical component for survivability. Although not on the higher scale of government priorities, and for investors the least appealing, it is first in the livelihood of over 5 million rural community dwellers in Haiti.
Creating jobs that create revenue is integrated in every aspect of the work we support accross vulnerable communities:
The Lambi Fund of Haiti has supported 24 projects in 2014, amongst which 7 have been evaluated and are functioning on their own within their third year of operation.
We added 6 new initiatives among them:
IPTKSK: (United Heads Together in Savanne kare) addressing the extended drought in the northwest building 30 cisterns to provide potable water to 7,500 families.
SOFALA: (Solidarity of Active Women in Lafrezilie) Peanut butter production.
KOFOKA: (Coordination of Women Organized in Akin) enhanced production of fruit and peanut and community credit.
OPB: (Organization Peasant of Boula) OX plow and community credit for farmers.
ACHVRO: (Association for Changing the View of Ravyn Olyan) Increasing the production of cane syrup by adding three more commercial broilers/community credit fund for women merchants.
ODEPERIB (Organization for the Development of White River) Expanded community credit to women and management training.
In all, the organizations together planted over 422,000 new seedlings which have been distributed and planted accross the community. To promote farming necessitates a formal plan to redress the ravaged eroded environment accross the country. An effort that must become national to make the impact effective.
Thank you for supporting the work of the rural farmers, taking charge of their communities and making a difference in their own lives.
September is a time of contemplation that starts with the last harvest. For farmers in Haiti, their revenue comes with the harvest divided in parts: One part is seed for the planting season coming; one part for the general functioning of the home; one part for the education and health; if anything yes saving may be buy a goat or a cow that is the banking for the future. Any part of the goal for sustainable agriculture and alternative economies which are two of the priorities of the Lambi Fund in partnership with rural farmers, strategies to increase income or revenue, and create employment are critical to our long term sustainability goals.
The partnerships create income and revenue in two ways: Microloans and employment generated through the organizations’ projects.
Since January 2014, 5 new organizations have provided loans ranging from HTG (gourdes) 5,000 to 15,000 to 564 members to reinforce their small enterprises. They include a very diversified businesses: small local restaurants, selling basic necessities like toothpaste, body and hair care, stocking beans for marketing as supply and demand fluctuate. Products sale fluctuate with the season for now, it is school supplies that fills the tables of the small merchant. The loans are repaid at a 2% interest, re-invested in the organizations and maitaining the revolving aspect of the small credit.
The projects create opportunities for employment. The 26 active projects hire 52 nursery hands who are trained to assist the organization in its goal to plant 20,000 trees. As members of the organization, they will continue to plant and focus on the environment after the project. MOPDAD in its project to irrigate 30 acres of land hires 4 pump operators to provide the service upon request. The center for plantain propagation not only hire agronomist but also garden helpers to assure the well-being of over 6000 plantain trees harvested this year. In all 79 trained individuals and professionals have secured work permanently due to the sustainability of the projects.
In all, the partnership of the Lambi Fund with peasant rural farmers have provided employment to 643 persons and provide long lasting training in the various field they represent.
For these families, September has been easier to bear in a nation where the price of education has skyrocketed since the eathquake and the destruction of some many educational institutions and the lost of so many teachers.
The continued development of employment and alternative enterprises is supported by the donors who through their generosity has made the projects of the Lambi fund in partnership with rural peasants possible.
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
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)
My name is Nalda Odes and I am the coordinator of The Association of Women for Action in Gwomòn (AFAGM), a women's association in the Gwomòn area that fights against all sources of discrimination against women and that strives for their advancement on social and economic levels.
We were founded in 2007 and have 250 members. [Our partnership with Lambi Fund came about after] we looked at the needs of the women in our community and decided to propose a community credit fund project
.While this project has not helped me personally, it has helped theorganization and many of our members. This is a women's organization and within it, there are members who are merchants and a lot of them did not have the means or opportunity to conduct their business.
Thanks to the project with Lambi Fund, these women received loans which allowed them to get on their feet and purchase merchandise to sell and to make their businesses move forward. Also, we have seen a growth in the number of members thanks to this partnership.
My hope for the AFAGM is to see more women join the organization and become members and for more women to actually gain professions and to have the means to operate their own businesses, so that they can stand firmly on their own.
I had the opportunity to attend Lambi Fund's Gender Equity and Civic Education training and I would say that the gender equity training was great. This is what we work on in our association, so it was important to get this reinforcement.
The civic education [was important] as well. Seeing and learning about our past heroes, our history, what we have been through and what makes us what we areas a nation today, was very interesting and important. This brought everything back home, so to say.
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