Testimony from a representative of a peasant organization regarding the assistance that Lambi Fund provided to the farmers to resume production of fast-growing crops destroyed by the earthquake.
Name: Girodier Jean Willy
Summary: "I'm talking on behalf of myself and all the other members of the organization OPBK. The assistance that Lambi Fund provided to us after the earthquake to help recover our fields was very essential, as we had receivedassistance from no other entities and didn't know what we were going to do to ready for food insecurity/hunger that was waiting for us ahead.
We are already in harvest season.With the funds, we planted mostly beans and peanuts and the crops succeeded at 90%. We have food available at home, and can sell a small part of the harvest to generate income for us as well. The credit fund has been helpful very helpful to the organization. I’d like to will thank the Lambi Fund on behalf of all 22 members of OPBK who were lucky to participate in the program".
In 2021 Lambi set up a program that started a month after the earthquake.
This program had a Humanitarian Emergency phase where Lambi Fund helped 2209 members of 34 Organizations find ways to repair broken homes, repair roads and meet other urgent needs (buying food, water). In in this sense it also helped 2 Organizations that had drinking water problems install at homes of 20 members These organizations 20 reservoirs (chatodo) with a capacity of 1000 gallons each to reach to catch water for drinking and for other needs.
Then in a second phase, as part of a more sustainable program, Lambi Fund helped organizations conduct economic activities to rebuild everything they had lost during the earthquake. The second part of this program focused more on food production in the field and trading goods at market.
There were 352 planters from 22 Organizations who received help to replant the ruined fields and 126 Women from 6 organizations who were able to resume their small business after receiving microcredit support.
Since the earthquake last year, Lambi has provided $90,000 USD (8,730,000 Haitian gourdes @ 97HTG/$1 USD) to small farmers and women-led projects to help them resume their economic activities.These funds allowed the small farmers to resume production of fast-growing crops (some of which have already matured and harvested) and assisted women-led organizations in replacing merchandise that was lost during the earthquake. A total of 478 members of grassroots organizations have benefitted from this program: 352 farmers and 126 women from organizations across the rural south.
As a result of the earthquake, several organizations had irrigation systems and potable water systems damaged. There have been many difficulties in these areas for organization members to get potable water.Members usually walk more than 1 hour to find water from 2-3 sources that have been channeled in the areas. At times, there is a lot of fighting at these locations because the people are desperate to get water to bring back to their families.
Lambi Fund’s Regional Monitors sat down with several of those organizations who were victims of the earthquake in Okay. The goal was set to provide water towers for the organizations that were most severely affected by this problem, as this system was the most expedient to implement and most cost-effective at that time.These towers collect rain water to be filtered for drinking and everyday use. Since Lambi did not have enough funds to dedicate to this project to each organization, the monitors chose only 2 among them to have benefit for a total cost of $30,000 for 20 water towers.The 2 organizations were RPP and AFGDL.RPP was provided with 12 water towers and AFGDL 8.Each water tower holds 1000 gallons each.More than 300 members of the 2 organizations will have access to the water from the towers. Some of the towers are already in place today and are currenlty collecting rain water. The installation of the water towers is nearly completed.
In addition, $22,500 USD has been awarded to 9 organizations to help their members with the reconstruction/reparation of their homes.The plans are underway and will be completed in early March.
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