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Nov 11, 2019

Rebuilding a Grain Mill

Grain mill in action
Grain mill in action

Members of the Organization ODRO have been involved in rebuilding the grain mill that was damaged by the hurricane. They feel satisfied with the work and are able to grind their grains again. Now they are expanding some space that can allow them to do many different things (store grains, use as a meeting space, and use as a waiting room if there are several customers waiting to grind their grains). The members brainstormed  more thoughtful steps to make the mill more profitable, such as:

. Create a credit fund to lend to women in the Organization to trade milled products

. Create a credit fund so farmers can invest more in agricultural production

. Continue the development of a storage space that will allow them to be marketed while they are being milled

 The organization finished rebuilding the mill but will continue expansion of the meeting room and the storage  warehouse. 

Sep 9, 2019

A priority that cannot be understated

Training session
Training session

An important piece of any project, especially one involving repair and restoration, is to ensure there is adequate training. Over the past year, Lambi Fund held 14 training sessions averaging 31 participants each.  There were 439 participants in total.  Trainings were conducted to improve organizational capacity building, management capacity, storage of grain, techniques for animal husbandry. There were 4 special two-day trainings on how to construct a tree nursery.  123 men and women completed the trainings and continue to work with a nursery. They fill bags for seedlings, plant and maintain them until the trees are large enough to be transplanted in permanent spaces.

"After the trees are transplanted from the nursery to their permanent spaces, we will continue to monitor the survival of the trees," said Marie, one of the nursery volunteers. Trees help protect the fields from flooding during the hurricane season and are an important element of sustainable agriculture.

Our challenges are many from reaching farmers in remote areas to coping with a changing climate and seeking to improve collaboration to improve the quality of life for farmers in rural areas.  In spite of the growing chaos in Haiti, we remain hopeful to see the type of commitment that is expressed across the country asking for the right to employment, the right to improving one’s capacity to achieve one’s goals of education and livelihood and the appropriate management of the public trust. We appreciate the support of Global Giving donors to address the goal of sustainable development and the improvement in quality of life in Haiti.  

Aug 22, 2019

Update on Women's micro-credit program

Hands-on credit management training
Hands-on credit management training

One of the strategies used by Lambi Fund towards its goal of revenue creation for rural women is the establishment of a Women's Credit Fund. Women borrow small amounts of money to help them sgart or exapnd a small business.

Currently 63 women are participating in this Women's Credit Fund.

The impact of the credit project

With the difficult economic situation in the country, especially in the rural areas where the government of Haiti is completely absent, Credit Projects for Women to start or expand a trade business is one of the most interesting project categories. It has a major impact on the Organizations and the community in which they live:

It allows members more money to invest in economic activity.

Women have more autonomy in their homes and are more productive.

Increased availability of community goods (yields increase and more commodities are purchased)

Parents have a better way of caring for their children (they can now afford to send them to school or provide health care, etc.).

It increases economic activity in the community.

The organization becomes stronger and more capable due to management training but in addition there are more meetings to set up criteria for members applying for credit, selecting beneficiaries, monitoring repayments, etc.

The organization becomes more visible in the area.

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