There are now 202 goats in total and MPC is hoping to double this number by next year. A few months ago, MPC’s leadership realized that many members of the organization who did not receive goats were growing extremely resentful. Fearing that this would create strained relations among their members, they approached the Lambi Fund and requested funding for additional goats. Understanding the gravity of the situation, the Lambi Fund agreed to increase funding towards the purchase of 60 more goats (50 females and 10 males). .
The Lambi Fund offered new workshops on animal husbandry members of MPC participated in a 3-day workshop facilitated by a veterinarian who specializes in goat breeding.
In consultation with the veterinarian MPC members compiled a list of medication needed to keep goats and kids healthy. Once the list was compiled and approved by the veterinarian Lambi Fund provided the funding needed for MPC members to purchase the medication. The pharmacy is also a source of revenue for the organization, since the medication will be sold at very reasonable rate to members caring for the goats.
Members of the organization are extremely satisfied with the project's outcome. In their evaluation of the project they have identified the following benefits reaped from working with the Lambi Fund of Haiti:
• The organization has become much more active and engaged- Members meet more often
• There is a greater sense of solidarity among members, since they worked together to increase the number goats distributed to the general membership.
• There are more than 30 members who have increased their capacity to care for goats
• There are more members who have improved their ability to manage projects including improved financial reporting and improved organizational transparency
Members are hoping that they will be able to invest profits made from the goat project into another sustainable economic activity which will bring greater financial stability to the members.
This project is working very well. The organization received 24 females and 4 males which produced 199 piglets. A total of 143 piglets were distributed among members and 21 did not survive. The death of 21 piglets was caused in part to colds and other related illness which affected the pig population in the aftermath of Hurricane Noel. The Lambi Fund was able to purchase additional pigs from its emergency relief fund.
The project’s strategy requires that members who care for the pigs share a percentage of piglets with the organization. Over 35 pigs have been given to the organization which sold the pigs and has kept the funds in its collective savings account. The organization has sought Lambi Fund’s assistance to start a credit bank which would facilitate the circulation of the profits earned within the community.
ADKZ produced about 20,000 seedlings. The nurseries sustained some damage from hurricane Noel which seriously impacted the area in October 2007. Through Lambi Fund’s emergency relief initiative, ADZK received funding to rebuild its nurseries and produced 15,000 more seedlings of fruit and forest trees. Tree planting activities were conducted between May and June 2008.
The community of Kasis was severely impacted by Hurricane Noel. They sustained great damage to property, personal effects and the local infrastructure. In the absence of any governmental intervention and with the threat of total isolation, as all roads leading to the community had been destroyed, the organization took a leadership role in helping residents cope and rebuild. ADZK took the initiative to rebuild the only road leading to the village, rendered impassable by Noel, using rocks and gravel. Although it took them a while to recover, they emerged from this experience stronger and ever thankful to the Lambi Fund’s efforts to strengthen their organization’s capacity. They point to the workshops and to their efforts in managing the pig project as the source of their confidence in address the needs of their community in the aftermath of the hurricane..
The organization continues to thrive having successfully included younger members within the leadership structure. This has helped expand the membership and has engaged young people in constructive, community building activities.
In the first phase of the project, peasant organization AFKB, produced 60,000 seedlings. About 2/3 or 40,000 seedlings planted as young trees survived! The second seedling production phase was launched in September 2007, members of the organization worked together to produce 36,000 seedlings. Seedling production includes the preparation of 36,000 bags with soil, organic fertilizers and seeds. In these efforts seedlings for 23,000 fruit trees and 13,000 forest trees were prepared. Of the 36,000 seedlings prepared, 29,365 young trees were distributed to AFKB members and replanted in areas where they would be protected.
What remains to be done:
• Project Evaluation
• Production of 30,000 more seedlings for a total of 120,000 seedlings
The residents of Bayone benefit from this project, as it helps stabilize the soil of an eroded mountain side. The project’s impact transcends the reforestation effort as it also strengthens AFKB’s ability to manage a project and address unanticipated problems. A stronger organization means that members will be better prepared to address issues and implement activities that will benefit the entire community.