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Jan 29, 2019

The Alternative For Revenue Production

The state of affairs in Haiti continue to worsen at some levels:  While insecurity has reved up and access to fuel for transportation is difficult at best, it is essential that there is continuity and opportunity to create revenue while unemployment is so high across the nation, reported at 70% by the World Bank in 2016.  In general the cost of living is unaffordable and the rate of exchange to the USD has shifted from 60 gourdes (HDG) to 1 USD  .  

An effective alternative is community credit among grassroots organizations.  The partnership of the Lambi Fund with rural farmers has prioritized community credit to assist women to access gainful activities.  

2018 is a commendable year as we have reached 498 women farmers whose harvesting capacities were enhanced at two levels:

a. Having access to low interest loan  (2-3%) that benefit the growth of their membership organizattion and substantially support sustainable agriculture

b. Assuring timely repayment so that the opportunity is available to other members of the organization, thereby sharing and extending opportunity; and

c. Lambi Fund further serves the community by assuring the training of those who receive the loans to bring a product or a service needed by the community for the community dwellers; like availing school supplies in a remote village without a formal store. The availability of the loan motivates creativity and diversity in supplying in the local market the needed goods.  Small entrepreneurs define the season for the product and invest in the season accordingly.  It is a marketing process and a pattern of supplying for the demands of the community.  It is also focussed on increasing and enhancing revenue, it is profit based activity.  These women are managing, needs, seasonal investment with profit focus, reaching population in need and improving their investment.

The Lambi partnership resulted in 498 women from 9 rural farming communities who initiated their own businesses and create revenue that allowed them to meet their payment schedules in a timely manner and meet some of their family responsibilities in the off season of planting.  These women have great pride of their capacity and level of responsibility to the organizations and the solidarrity of the membership.

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Jan 24, 2019

Irrigation canals bring hope to North Haiti

Growing garden
Growing garden
Since October 6, 2018 when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit north Haiti, Lambi Fund has been hard at work providing urgent aid to partners. Although aid was slow to arrive to those areas, staff was able to provide urgent resources such as food and water to communities. Moreover, to avoid disruption of the planting season which begins in November and December, Lambi Fund used $5,000 from its emergency funds to repair and rebuild 6 irrigation canals in north Haiti. 
 
Irrigation canals help flow and distribute water to different farmers' gardens especially during the dry season. As of January 2019, the irrigation canals that were rebuilt or repaired helped communities plant food for consumption and for sale. The flow of water prevented farmers from missing the planting season, avoiding possible famine.
 
As Lambi Fund continues to provide assistance to the communities effected, we remain grateful for the constant help that partners are willing to provide. Without your help, our partners would be unable to hope and work towards a better life with reduced poverty. 
 
Thank you for your consistent support and for providing so many with hope for a better tomorrow! 
water flowing from repaired canal
water flowing from repaired canal

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Nov 21, 2018

Rural farmers 2018 efforts to combat deforestation

Growing nurseries
Growing nurseries

Recent reports on climate change and observations in Haiti continue to  support our concerns for the environment.  Since 2016 the position of the Lambi Fund of Haiti has been three prong.  Even with our limited resources, we have maintained the environment as an essential priority, requiring:

 1.   Increased awareness of the role of the environment in our lives and our reponsibility to maintain the essential life resource for future generations

2.  Local contribution to add 20,000 trees for each project supported

3.  Developing nursery building skills in the respective communities served

The goal for 2018 was to plant 320,000 trees in the communities where projects are implemented.  As of this month of November, the profile of our reforrestation efforts is as follows:  

Organization    Type of project         projected                  planted                             Note   

1.  AFTA           Micro credit                    20,000                     15,397  
2.  COPADET    Ox-Plow                        20,000                     11,321                     impacted by drought
3. SADN           Reforestation                  40,000                    26,000 
4. KOKAP         Cafe and cocoa           120,000                      60,000
5. APTK            Reforestation                 60,000                     40,000
6.  KPM              Reforestation                60,000                     65,000
7. OPDERGM    Micro credit                   20,000                     16,020
8. OPGDSC       Mango                             60,000                    34,714

                                    Total                    320,000                      268,452                         

Our partners in the south and the latibonit region are at 83% of their production goal.  Copadet is the only organization that faced  months without rain.  They continue with their planting of trees in critical areas. 

Thank you so much for joining us to plant trees in Haiti, bringing greater awareness and with great hopes to change the course of reforestation in Haiti.

APTK's nursery
APTK's nursery

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