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Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future
Donate a Pig: Invest in Haiti's Future

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In rural Haiti, wealth is measured in pigs and goats. For years, as conditions worsened in Haiti, the number of pigs and goats dwindled. Raising livestock can be very effective as a self-sustaining enterprise because the animals reproduce, help with labor (oxen, for example, can transport goods and plow fields), and produce such consumable products as milk and eggs, all of which can improve the financial situation of a community. Thanks to the self-sufficient projects run by grassroots groups, pig and goat breeding is again on the rise and contributing to the economic development of rural communities.

In the past, members of Association for the Development of Kasis (ADZK) wanted to improve the breeding of pigs in their area by improving member’s knowledge of better breeding techniques. Lambi supported a pig breeding project that enabled 55 members to own their own breeding pig.  Lambi Fund provided funds to buy 27 pigs, establish a veterinary pharmacy, supply food for the animals and conduct training for the farmers. The members successfully raised pigs and sold them at market which helped pay for school fees and health care fees.

 

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The pig breeding project you have supported has been an essential part of poverty relief in Haiti. In Haiti, pigs are like bank accounts. Haitians buy small piglets and breed them. Haitian pigs root in the ground and eat plants growing in the wild.  Once a fattened pig is ready for market, families sell them and are able to use the proceeds to feed their families, send their children to school, or obtain health care. 

Thanks to pigs that you have purchased, rural peasants have been able to provide for their families. These communities need your continued support. Help replenish local communities' stock of pigs and provide them with the opportunity to achieve sustainable incomes. Purchase a pig for a rural family in Haiti today.

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Felisitasyon!  Thanks to you and the wonderful GlobalGiving community, this project has been funded!  In fact, your supreme generosity helped us raise an additional $2,351 dollars for the group in Kasis, Haiti.  With the project reaching full funding, members in Kasis, Haiti can see the pig breeding project through to full completion.  27 breeding pigs were purchased and training on pig selection, pig breeding and care have been completed.

The training session was a very important component of this project.  A 2-day workshop was offered to members that focused on reinforcing the organization’s technical capacity to improve pig breeding practices – focusing on modern methods adapted to their local environment.   The workshop also included discussions on creating permanent sources of forage through cultivation and preservation of nutritional plants, veterinary care, open grazing, the importance of enclosures for the sustainability of the environment, breeding techniques, and strategies for long-term success and growth. 

The pigs have been purchased.  Training is completed, and breeding has begun!  Lambi Fund partners are already seeing healthy litters of piglets being born and incomes are increasing.  As always, Lambi Fund will continue monitoring the project and checking in with organization leaders to ensure the pig breeding project is progressing smoothly.  As more and more pigs are bred, the number of breeding pigs available will increase as well.  All of which improve financial security for organization members in Kasis.  This project is expected to reach complete self-sufficiency within the next year.

Mesi anpil.  By providing pigs, you have helped an entire community rebuild after the earthquake.

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Parents can afford to send their kids to school
Parents can afford to send their kids to school

Members of the pig breeding group in Kasis, Haiti have been working incredibly hard these past three months.  Thanks to training and the purchase of a few starter pigs, group members have been breeding pigs and selling the offspring in markets.  This valuable source of new income is helping the organization breed even more healthy pigs and to invest their profits into a community microcredit fund.  Investing profits in a microcredit fund is incredibly important for project sustainability.  This community “slush fund” will allow the organization to pay for foreseen and unforeseen costs incurred and to make small loans to members.  Many women in the group use these loans to purchase goods for merchant activities and to monetize their crops.

Thanks to your support, these Haitians living in rural Haiti have gone from hoping to breed pigs to making pig breeding a vibrant part of their community.  Help Lambi Fund reach the last phase of our funding goals as we work to monitor the project for sustainability, purchase more pigs and provide additional training.  Creating opportunities for incomes is an essential part of developing communities in Haiti.  Cheers!

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Baby piglets
Baby piglets

First off, Lambi Fund would like to say mesi anpil!  Thanks to all of your generous donations, this project is incredibly close to being fully funded.

The 55 members of a local grassroots organization in Kasis, Haiti are currently working on moving their pig breeding enterprise towards sustainability.  Lambi Fund has nearly reached our goal of purchasing 27 pigs for the project.  After a series of organizational training, bookkeeping, animal care, and seminars on pig breeding, members are beginning to breed pigs and offspring of healthy piglets are being born!  As the members in Kasis are learning, it takes much more than the birth of piglets for a successful pig breeding enterprise.  They must regularly check up on and care for the animals to ensure they remain healthy and everyone in the organization must work together to manage and run the project.  As we speak, members are learning what works best and agreeing on each individual’s duties and responsibilities.  For instance, an important decision they are making is to determine which piglets each member will receive once they are born.

As the Lambi Fund of Haiti approaches the final stages of this project, we would like to thank you for your continued support.  Please consider helping this project become fully funded, by sharing this with your friends and family.  Lambi Fund’s work is not yet complete as we work with members in Kasis to monitor problems as they arise, continue training, and purchase more pigs for training.

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Josette Perard
Port au Prince, Haiti

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Thanks to 268 donors like you, a total of $19,735 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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