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 "Help Displaced Families Get Back to Work" 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 community-led microcredit enterprises 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 make purchases for their small business and farming needs.
Communities in rural Haiti are hard at work rebuilding their lives post-earthquake. The signs of recovery are small and sometimes easy to miss – but they are there. Take for instance members of the Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP) in Northwest Haiti. This cooperative of over 1,000 farmers is teaching members the cutting edge PIF method for cultivating and planting plantains. This is allowing farmers throughout the region to harvest bountiful crops of plantains that they can sell in the markets.
Haitians are looking to strengthen their economic livelihoods after the earthquake and the CPP is a perfect example of how communities are working together and making this goal a reality. Thanks to your support, the Lambi Fund of Haiti is continuing our partnership with the Center for Plantain Propagation and entering the next phase of the project. Here, members are looking to increase the value of their goods by transforming raw plantains into processed goods like plantain chips. These tasty snacks are incredibly popular throughout Haiti and organization members have already began selling the chips at local schools and markets. By supporting community-run enterprises like these, you are helping Haitians improve their livelihoods and strengthen local economies. Now, this is where the rebuilding really begins!
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