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.
Feb 5, 2015

OBS Assuring an Increase in Local Food Production

"Three years ago Organization Bon Samaritain, OBS,  had a dream of supplying women selling cereals an improved process.  They said after twenty years, we still face  six hours of walking sometimes to mill our rice, millet and corn.  It is our women and children who sometimes spend the night away from home waiting for our rice to be milled, our corn and millet turned to edible cereals. Often we have to take our girls out of school so they can help us carry the goods". said the coordinator of the Association. Yet it is that process that gives us the ability to send the kids  to school, but the process deprive them of the school we value so much.  

"Well now there is the OBS mill with the help of the Lambi Fund.  I have never been so proud to walk in the bank to deposit money in my account.. the same bank that would not lend me a penny.  Today our mill is changing all that.  Not only I walk in with my head up high, I also have an organization that backs me up, lend me money at 2% and my business as a farmer is paying school, shelter and save for an emergency"

Just to share with you how the mills are maintening the local production of food on the rise:  In the first six month of functionning, the mill at OBS has  transformed 170,850 pounds of millet, corn and rice into eatable cereal.

During the 20 years of existence, the Lambi Fund of Haiti has partnered with rural peasant organization to establsh 120 mills to produce basic staples and increase the local production of millet, rice, cornmeal. 

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Dec 23, 2014

Building Cisterns Builds a Community

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Let's get started!

On November 27th 2014, the leadership of the grassroots organization receiving the cisternsin the northwest region of Jean rabel,  met to contract the start up of the cistern project.  Two women, Marceline and Erzulia, and one man, Joseph, met to review the contract, their contributions in rocks and stones, labor, the preparation of the road for the delivery of the materials and the purchasing list for the construction.

This committee represented each of the localities benefitting from the cisterns: Dityet, Lakoma and Mawotye.   

The local contribution is as follows: gathering of fine sand for mortar, breaking pebbles in 12 cubic meter pieces per cistern for the mortar, assuring access for cement and other material delivery, transporting material to sites; working with the engineers and identified trainees for management of the water system.

There are already some positive outcomes from the time that the cisterns were announced.  In the form of a konbit, a community's most reknowned  workgroup format, the residents have gathered and mended the roads so that the materials can arrive. These localities are removed and road access is difficult at best.  They have been working to make the ditches more passable so that the trucks could reach further in order to deliver.  In cases of inaccessible paasageways, the residents will carry the materials to the sites.

The Lambi Fund has contracted the firm Pro Consult to build the cisterns.  At the initial preparations, the training is availed to local residents.  Each training is delivered to a minimum of 30 persons and will address the collection, treatment and maintenance of the cisterns.  

This begins an exciting year for Jean Rabel and its localities where the hope for water and improved life has become a reality due to your initial gift.  You gift has inspired 113 people and  5 foundations to give $93,818.50 which we have received to complete this project in turn we will "Give Water and Give Life" to 7,500 people.

Thank you for making this project possible!

Have a healthy and Happy Holiday season!

All hands on deck!
All hands on deck!
A similar cistern
A similar cistern

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Dec 17, 2014

Are We Meeting Our Goals?

The most important aspect of the work of the Lambi Fund of Haiti is to support activities that generate revenue and are sustainable.  The lack of employment in general, and the lack of new job categories renders farming a critical component for survivability.  Although not on the higher scale of government priorities, and for investors the least appealing, it is first in the livelihood of over 5 million rural community dwellers in Haiti. 

Creating jobs that create revenue is integrated in every aspect of the work we support accross vulnerable communities:

  • Community Credit for women lead to small enterprises
  • Community Credit for planters allow farmers to purchase day services to till the soil, harvesting more production
    thus more revenue
  • Training nursery hands (16), vet technicians (5) and mill and pump operators(12) not only provides specialized work but generates revenue for families

The Lambi Fund of Haiti has supported 24 projects in 2014, amongst which 7 have been evaluated and are functioning on their own within their third year of operation.  

We added 6 new initiatives among them:  

IPTKSK:  (United Heads Together in Savanne kare)  addressing the extended drought in the northwest building 30 cisterns to provide potable water to 7,500 families.

SOFALA: (Solidarity of Active Women in Lafrezilie) Peanut butter production.

KOFOKA: (Coordination of Women Organized in Akin) enhanced production of fruit and peanut and community credit.

OPB: (Organization Peasant of Boula) OX plow and community credit for farmers.

ACHVRO: (Association for Changing the View of Ravyn Olyan)  Increasing the production of cane syrup by adding three more commercial broilers/community credit fund for women merchants. 

ODEPERIB (Organization for the Development of White River)  Expanded community credit to women and management training.

In all, the organizations together planted over 422,000 new seedlings which have been distributed and planted accross the community. To promote farming necessitates a formal plan to redress the ravaged eroded environment accross the country.  An effort that must become national to make the impact effective.

Thank you for supporting the work of the rural farmers, taking charge of their communities and making a difference in their own lives. 

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