This project was started with a herd of 90 females and 9 male goats, the females being the local breed bought in the area on different markets while the male breeds are an improved breed (Boer breed) that were bought from a specialized animal breeding center in the country. All of these goats were distributed to 9 sub-groups in 9 different locations. Each sub-group received 1 male goat and 10 females.
Since the launch of the Project, the Lambi Fund has given the Organization all its support to help set up the project management team. In this regard a project management committee (7 members) and 9 other small committees with 3 members each were set up to manage goats in each sector. At the same time the Organization also benefited from engaging 2 Veterinary Agents and a catalog for the pharmacy manager.
The Organization enclosed a field in each locality to look after animals and also set up a grassy area for goats to feed safely. Immediately following the purchase of the animals, the Lambi Fund helped the Organization purchase a set of medicines worth $ 75,120.00 gds ($ 1192 USD) to set up a Veterinary Pharmacy at the headquarters of the Organization, which included necessary medicines to assist t the goats if they became ill.
While the Organization was implementing all of these activities, the Lambi Fund assisted the Organization in obtaining a Veterinary Doctor to conduct 2 training sessions for 30 members of the Organization on breeding techniques and how to fight the diseases of goats. more. It was mainly the project management committee members and the beneficiary group members who participated in these trainings. Two veterinary technicians from the Organization were also hired to attend the project and have participated in these training sessions.
Lambi Fund helped start several new goat breeding projects this year. Goat breeding is a relatively quick way for Haitians to become more sustainable. Lambi Fund gets community organizations started with two female breeding goats. They are bred and when their offspring grow up, the goats are sold at market. The proceeds help the organization members become more sustainable and as a result are able to feed their families and send their children to school.
The goat breeding projects will be monitored by Lambi Fund staff over the next couple of years as they help the community organizations succeed. To date, Lambi Fund staff has provided organizational and project management training. Without this training, the community organizations would have a more difficult time operating a successful goat breeding enterprise.
Each member of the organization receives 2 female goats to begin their own breeding.
Lambi Fund staff trains all members of the organization on goat breeding techniques.
A veterinary pharmacy is located inside the community.
The number of animals will at least double since the first year of the project.
MPC members wanted to convey their gratitude their benefactors. Mrs Melina Seme speaking on behalf of the group, was extremely happy for the opportunity to tell all the men and women who supported Chabe's goat project about its positive impact on their communities. "They( goats) are already changing things" says Melina, " we are no longer hoping and praying for an end to our misery, we have great certainty that our lives have improved and that things will get even better when our goats continue to breed". "We say thank you to all of you wonderful "blans" ( creole word for foreigners) who believe in our vision and in our determination to do for ourselves. We have nothing to give back, but we know that God will bless all of you and your children. Thank you Mesi, Mesi , Mesi!!!"
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.
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