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.
Jan 18, 2017

Like starting all over again-Hurricane Mathew

sprouting beans after Hurricane Mathew
sprouting beans after Hurricane Mathew

We appealed to you after the hurricane in October 2016.  Hurricane Mathews was deemed the most devastating storm to hit Haiti in 35 years. As you know we are still recovering from the great earrthquake of 2012 with over half million still in tents. This Hurricane resulted not only in a million more homeless but also in a level of unknown devastation to a much greener south known as the "food producer" for the country.

Our prority was shifted immediately to planting 3222 Kawo (hectare) of land that 1500 family farmers farm.  The primary success is in the decision itself to focus on production of food again. The people who dwell in these areas have lost all their farm assets and inventory of small businesses. They cannot afford the cost of import goods once the relief agencies ceized their activities.

Our donor support has allowed the Lambi Fund to assist with two activities. One, the cleaning of sediments and deposits from the inundation, sand and salt elements from seawater that was left on the planting soil.  The farmers and community members volunteers to develop clean up team and do a "kombit".  A kombit is a mutual activity that depends on volunteers who are themselves the beneficiaries of the activity. Farmers got together and travel from field to field cleaning up the debris and Oxplows follows to turn the soil and is then prepared for planting. Second, Lambi provided the equipment, the tools, the fertilizer, the seeds because you supported us with your generous gifts.

We have cleaned, prepared, repaired and planted our first seeds for the next three months harvest. Many of the fields are sprouting baby eggplants, spinach, calalou, corn, beans, okra etc.. These will go to market in three months curving the lack of food availability in the region. These productions harvested will bring revenue to the farmers for their everyday needs.  Currently,  the farming community is hurting for their basic needs. They hope for revenue from this first harvest that you helped grow through the seeds and support you provided through the Lambi FundThank you.

gardens in Gwomon
gardens in Gwomon

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Jan 4, 2017

Women Microcredit Post Hurricane Mathew

October was part of the rainy season and storms, but we did not anticipate a storm of the magnitude of "hurricane Mathew" the worst in 35 years, to Hit Haiti,  still struggling to recover from the earthquake of 2010.  For some the outcome was worst than the devastation that killed 250,000 people in 2010.  The south of Haiti was devastated and more than 1.5 million became homeless overnight. Farmers, merchants and residents lost all their inventories, harvest and the infrastructures of the homes destroyed, in particular the roofs in an overwhelming majority blown away. .

For many women help came in the form of a micro loan at 2% interest through their membership organizations.  The Lambi fund was able to help 27 organization with a membership of over 10,000 people start anew.  Among them 1599 farmers are replanting their field to produce food for the next harvest, curtailing food insecurity in the region.

Among our most successful are women who not only restarted their own enterprises, but are also rendering a much-needed service by bringing in goods that are no longer accessible in the area.

During this period Lambi Fund reinforced 4 credit funds  OFARIB and AFESKA in the Artibonite Region that provides loans to members for retail businesses at a 2% degree interest and two projects in the South KOFEKA and OFAMMA that gives their loans at a fixed 2%.  In the chart below it shows that the allocation depends on the numbers of beneficiaries varies from 300,000.00 HDG and 625,000.00 HDG. From the initial fund has grown 20% from 1,925,000.00 HDG received from Lambi Fund to 2,386,000.00 HDG. A total of 470 members received loans as indicated and are now producing revenues and work activities that can move them from the level of poverty.

Summary of Credit for Alternative Economic Projects

Organizations     Amount in HDG */     Number of recepient / Loan amount per person   current value  HDG                                                                                                 

KOFEKA              625,000                                 166                       HDG 5,000                        869,200

OFAMMA              300,000                                   36                             10,000                         320,500  

OFARIB                 500,000                                  237                             10,000                         719,500

AFESKA               500,000                                  124                             10,000                         624,560

Total           HDG 1,925,000                                 563                                                             2,534,060

These organizations and their membership also received training on the specifics of loan management as well as support to build the managerial capacity of the organization.

Your contribution is helping to build sustainable revenue for those women involved in community building and creating revenue to take care of their families.  We thank you for your contribution and continued support.

 

*Currency:  HDG Haitian Gourde (65 HDG to 1USD)

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Nov 28, 2016

Plowing Ahead, Not Discouraged

Beans garden of CPP
Beans garden of CPP

Antoine lost everything gardens with his new harvest, accross the land he cultivates there were avocado, papaya and mango trees, all producing additional revenue that keeps his two children in school and caring for his older mother now no longer able to farm the land. 

Hurricane Mathews destroyed his  labor, ravaged the land.  It inundated and filled the land with debris.  In the aftermath, it was total disconcertation, upsetness and sadness.  He kept saying "There is nothing left".   It felt like total despair.

Within a week when we met again, he was very clear and shared his plan.  He needed to get back and start removing the rubble, the bolders, the pieces of tree trunk and start planting again.  He also knew he could not do it alone. In a large gathereing of community farmers with the Lambi Fund of Haiti, over 1500 rural farmers made a committment that together working in unison we will plant again.  With the support we are providing, they are taking advantage of the planting season starting the first week of December to start planting.  You have made it possible with your support.

The Lambi Fund of Haiti has already invested $200,000 for planters in the area impacted.  We will repair our sustainable projects and the environment is a priority for the welfare of all the Haitian people living in the South. 

We have lost so many trees in our reforestation efforts accross the South of Haiti. With renewed effort and with your help we have begun to plant again.  Not only will we generate food that can be harvested in the next three months, we will be rebuilding our nurseries to replace the lost.  Each organization will plant 20,000 trees again.

We need your help and your participation to make our goal.  Please join us to plant trees accross the South of Haiti.  Thank you for your committment to the environment and your generosity.

A view of Haiti
A view of Haiti
After the hurricane
After the hurricane

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