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.
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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Sep 2, 2015

We Are Done But There Is More

preparing mortar
preparing mortar

Three months ago, I told you that we had 10 more cisterns to go.  Well we are done.  People came together created hand in hand access to 315,000 gallons of water for 2222 families.  It started long ago last year when the earth parched, the trees wilted; the leaves remaining became encrusted with a grayish cover thirsting for a drop of water.  It has long past the four months that we named a dry season but this one continues and seven months later we had to admit we are in the middle of a drought but not one alert came from the institutions of care and not one bucket of water was brought in as an alternative or option, when the rivers stopped flowing.

In a country where people have been said to be "resilient", the most resilient people are not often visible.  But they are thinking, on their feet, in remote villages formulting strategies that work.  They came to Lambi Fund, in partnership,  having defined their primary need: "access to water".  It is their initiatives that build a bridge to survival.

We are so grateful that 133 persons joined you in partnership with the Lambi Fund of Haiti and made their effort possible with our collective resources.  The communities of Mayotye, Lacoma and Dytiet have changed for the better because we unified forces and made it happen.

Peole in Lacoma are saying "Chapo ba" a term of reverence for the goodness of you and the sharing that it dignifies and the partnership that will sustain overtime.

Because of your generosity and the generosityFamily and the foundations that joined us, we are now adding 10 more to finish in November of this 2015.  We are so grateful!

Thank you.  Let us remain in partnership supporting creative local solutions in rural Haiti.

cisterns in construction
cisterns in construction
prepare mortar
prepare mortar
finishing touches
finishing touches
complete and drying
complete and drying

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