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.
Nov 13, 2015

Climate Change: Barrier to production

Increasing food production in Haiti has gotten more challenging. In addition to the lack of infrastructure and the lack of government support to farmers, is an extended drought.  This year rural farmers faced a drought of seven months unlike what they have seen before.  For those dependent on the river bed for irrigation, the river beds are running dry, the soil is parched and the green leaves are turning to a grayish compound of dirt and thirst.  Seven months also mean a barren harvest for bean growers, okra, corn, and so many legumes that are part of the daily staple for each Haitian family.  

The Lambi Fund intitiated the construction of 20 cisterns; with a positive response, we completed 30 cisterns in the most hit areas of the Northwest.  The provision of water is essential and the captage of water for multiple uses is just one way of bridging the gap when there is not adequate running water.  The other is to expand capacity to store grains for seeding and for additional food.  Although we have supported grain storage but a network of growers has been initiated for the purpose of strengthening their capacity of production but in addition to develop and support the capacity advocate for the necessary policies to counteract the impact of climate and already very resource communities.

Your support has been integral and essential to provide water.  It assisted in expanding the potential to provide more water through involving community dwellers to become their own advocate for long term strategies to respond to the life threatening impact of the long drought.  The network will empowering farmers to move to solution in collaboration. It allows them to focus on demanding the input of local policy makers and bringing national attention to the devastating impact of this specific climatic change. The change in rainfall is slowly redefining how farmers will cultivate food and how nations will respond to this level of deprivation of water and the impact on food production.  This is a true challenge for survival.

Your support in carrying the message and your generosity to create a response is not only appreciated but critical as we reach to each other globally.  Thank you for making this important work possible.

Sep 8, 2015

INCLUSION. ACCESS. EQUITY. EQUALITY.

Expanding plantain production
Expanding plantain production

Inclusion, access, equity and equality are for us the most essential elements in the long term rebuilding of Haiti. First to gain independence and falling back in giving freedoom to its people, Haiti is far from creating a free place where people can, by their boot straps, reach individual freedoms.  Long term rebuilding is more than open hands to receive resources; it is much more about creative and proven solutions with local involvement and strong engagement.

The development of community credit funds managed by local organizations to build local enterprises for farmers and for women is a crucial piece of the puzzle for long term rebuilding in Haiti.  It combats unemployment, it spurs or stimulates the local market enterprising and creates capacity to reinvest in the community. In addition, these businesses meet the basic needs of community dwellers.

Small commerce is the hallmark of revenue-producing activities in a country where high unempployment has remained consistent over the last two decades and the brain drain is such that it is unrivaled.  Partnership with local organizations that creates small funds to support  the local commerce is a priority.  This is a year for producing revenue and rebuilding the economy and the local neighborhoods, while increasing the number of children in school and the number of survivors.

Throughout this year, Lambi Fund has worked with 14 rural farming organizations in expanding 5,882,500 HTG (Haitian Gourdes) of small loans at a 2% degressive interest rate which has been distributed to 2594 rural planters. Loans are for a duration of six months which facilitate the production of the harvest and tilling the land for the new planting season.  The loans to women are for expanding their small businesses.   Revenue from the loans has increased the fund balance to 7,719,393 HTG.  The revenue from the loans also allows the organizations to increase the number of people who are able to receive loans to create their own revenue or expand their local food production.

The contribution that you have made makes the micro loans possible and improves the number of people who create their own revenue through small enterprises.  

Thanks to your generosity, many families today are able to keep their children in school and keep food on the table because they have work. 

Women providing supplying the local market
Women providing supplying the local market
sellers in local market
sellers in local market
small business with a loan
small business with a loan
Manita small fruit stand flourishing
Manita small fruit stand flourishing
loans  allow for planters to till more land
loans allow for planters to till more land

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Sep 3, 2015

Partnership for a Green Haiti

Planting trees and the environment is a priority of major proportion to the Lambi Fund.  It is one that keeps us on alert so it is not incidental that we are asking people to plant trees together for a green Haiti.  That request came from the perspectice that to create change, there must be awareness, action and reaction to the outcome.  Well in Bige, in the locality of Grosmorne, when people are entering the community the change is noticeable, we see green at eye level with the growing trees over the last five years.  As you walk through the changes are most striking, the goats are enclosed in pastured ground and there is food field at proximity, keeping the ground covered and there is more work in preparing the feed for the coming season.

We are pleased to report that we engaged many partners like you during this appeal:  There were 160 persons who responded in social media and 90 others shared with their "in-group".   

Let’s Plant Trees in Haiti, TOGETHER! received overwhelming support on social media. Facebook posts about the campaign were liked 160+ times and were shared over 90 times by different individuals. This support from our social media followers allowed us to share the message of Let’s Plant Trees in Haiti, TOGETHER! to a much wider audience!

 Log House Plants, a nursery based out of Cottage Grove, Oregon, curated a collection of Caribbean plants to be sold to benefit the Lambi Fund of Haiti. The Grow Haiti Collection features 10 plants that are native to Haiti and surrounding areas, but can also be grown in the Pacific Northwest. The collection includes 2 varieties of peanuts, scotch bonnet peppers, and a variety of tomato that dates back to the colonial period in Haiti. These plants were sold at nurseries in Oregon, Washington, and California, as well as Lambi Fund’s benefit in New York City in July. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Global Giving Family and you, we will be planting 42,000 trees this year, thus far.  

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