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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.

Aug 22, 2019

August Update on Planting Trees in Haiti

The organizations Lambi funded had concrete goals to plant 438,000 new trees over a period of 24 months. Over the past 15 months, farmers and community dwellers have seeded 316,482 trees of many species, comprising 65.1% of the goal. The remaining production of 34.9% will be part of the focus for the current participant partners.  In addition 2019 projects will be added to the projected goal for 2020 as they are approved and initiated.  During these seasons over a 26,000 km2 of land, we have experienced drought and rainfall sometimes so excessive to create flooding. This year we lost 4.2% of the new seedlings due to lack of rainwater and drought.  The example of KOKAP (Koordinasyon Kafe aK Kakao) was one that shows the challenges and the creative strategy of the farmers in order to survive.   

Going to Petit Trou de Nippes was a long day travel starting at 7 in the morning.  Once off the main route, we traveled miles in a bus on a winding path that barely fit two cars. We crossed rivers to avoid deep ravines. We barely made it climbing one major hill in a river crossing.  A motorcycle came by and honked. We stopped and there in the front of the driver was our spare tire.  The spare had falling in the river and we were embarking on the road unknowingly.  How grateful we were to the moto driver.  After a two hour slow ride on the bus, we arrived and met the members of KOKAP.  In their elaborate reception, they shared about the project, their excitement and their work.  We began walking down the roadand turned right into a tiny pathway. Going down was staggering but landing down next to the bed of the river we saw the many seedlings growing. "Why there?" I asked.  

"We can always get water," one member said.  There were drums filled with water by the volunteers who not only made sure that the drums were full but they fetched the water and followed a schedule to water the pants. There were literally thousands of cacao trees sprouting and growing.  It was clear that the community cared and will assure the growth and regeneration of the cacao.  This year the focus is on the coffee trees.  Many members are active in the monitoring and assuring the strategic placement of each tree within selected areas to protect water source, improve green coverage and assuring the continuation of species specific to their localities.  

Through this visit, board and staff are well versed on the efforts that the community invested in reforesting and caring to make their community green again.  We hope the model of collaboration and cooperation is one that is viewed and adopted broadly in Haiti for more reforestation nationwide.

The changes in climate are continuing to impact with unprecedented winds, rain and changing periods for planting.  We realized we are learning along with our partners as we improve awareness in our trainings and education sessions and regional trainings. The continued dialogue between monitors, agriculturist and the board of the Lambi Fund is an important aspect of our continued growth.  All board members attended the meeting and partook in the visit to KOKAP.

The nurseries have produced both forest and fruit trees. The production of fruit trees is essentially a revenue producing and food provision activity.  This year the major focus has been in fruits, especially citrus such as orange, lemon and grapefruit Others planted include mango, avocado, papaya, chestnut, coffee and cacao, calabash, pine, white pine, cedar, and mahogany. 

For the last few years, citrus has suffered with insect diseases that has destroyed many trees.  There is an impetus among our partners to renew the citrus species especially lemon, sour lemon, limes and grapefruit that are part of the daily staple used in cooking and feeding in the country. 

 

Aug 22, 2019

Update on Ox Plow Project

General Organization expenses are to pay for Plow Operators, to buy oxen, to repair Plows, to pay for veterinary care and to buy pastures.

A contingency fund will resolve problems that may arise in the operation of plows such as replacing oxen and Veterinary Care for sick animals.

RESULTS OF Ox Plowing Project

• Lambi provides a total of 6 full-service plows to serve organizations in the southern department. They rotate usage of the plows.

• Plowing services still exist in the Organization, even if it is doing poorly.

• 135 members of the Organization received the plowing service.

• 68 planters in the community received plowing services.

• Organizations have around 49,986 goudes in their treasury.

• There are 18 members of 4 Organizations who get to earn some money plowing.  

IMPACT OF THE PROJECT ON THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION AND THE POPULATION.

- More land to work in communities where there are plows

- More people are interested in investing in agricultural activities

- The plows allow those who benefit from the service to respect the planting period

- Plowing service allows agricultural yields in irrigated areas

- Growers cultivate their soil faster and easier when pasture

- Some farmers in the community who benefit from plowing services want to become members of the Organization

- Organizations are becoming stronger due to the many activities planned for their projects, many meetings are also held

Project Activity Monitoring: The Lambi staff completed 2 follow-up visits to each of the  organizations during the first year of the project to track the progress of project activities. The Southern Department's Monitor makes 2 monthly follow-up visits to the project. These visits allow the staff to discuss with the Organization the activities that have taken place - what is needed - the planning of future activities. These visits also allow Lambi, through its Staff and Southern Regional Monitors, to look at the issues they are facing, think about the issues and help the Organization find solutions to them. In addition, the Port au Prince staff meets monthly with the Regional Monitor at the office to discuss further project progress and make suggestions and recommendations as needed.

DIFFICULTIES

• Plows are out of work due to the very short rainy season this year

• In irrigated areas, planters lose fields due to drought in several areas

• Organizations are struggling to feed oxen properly

• Organizations lack pasture to feed the oxen

• A little difficulty in providing care to the oxen especially when they are sick

• Much of the money that goes into plowing project goes to buying pastures

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Although the country has a lot of problems in agriculture, organizations are trying to provide services at all times. This is why most members of the Organization believe that their presence in the Organization is a great thing for them. They also think that if the rain were to fall properly, they would have the capacity to plow a lot of ground. 

While it was difficult, the recipient organizations recognized the importance of such an activity within a community. The plow project allowed life to return to the associations, with many returning to work after the calamity of Hurricane Matthew. Lambi is asking members to make more contributions to the Organization so that they can have multiple pieces of land for setting up pastures to better feed the oxen and to prevent animals from getting sick.  

 
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