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revenue creation for 150 women in rural Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
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revenue creation for 150 women in rural Haiti
revenue creation for 150 women in rural Haiti
revenue creation for 150 women in rural Haiti

Although Lambi Fund is continuing all our work on women's projects because women are often responsible for the health, well-being and nurturing of their families, it is imperative that we address the impact of COVID-19 on families in rural Haiti.

We have a four-phased approach and will be talking about each phase in the upcoming reports:

1) Health Awareness and prevention training

a) Awareness - Radio spots, texts, trucks with bullhorn announcements

b) Small group trainings with women on methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19

2) Distribution of sanitary materials 

3) Funding for food purchases by women for their families during health crisis

4) Financial support for women and continued support of women's projects after the third phase of the COVID-19 plan.

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Goat Breeding Project

Translated from Haitian Kreyol

 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 the goats if they became ill.

While the Organization was implementing all of these activities, the Lambi Fund assisted the Organization in obtaining a Veterinarian 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.

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Planning meeting
Planning meeting

Thanks to your support, we are able to seed another women's micro-credit fund. We will report progress as it moves along but here is the rationale and strategy for funding it.

RATIONALE

Women are investing heavily in the trade of agricultural produce and are the ones who manage the marketing and sales of produce at the local marketplace. Predatory lenders charge 25-35% interest rate to seed the women's small businesses. Lambi Fund seeds the micro-credit nfund, trains the members, and charges only 2% interest, a much more affordable rate for the poor.

PROJECT STRATEGY

To start the project Lambi Fund will provide the community organization with a 500,000 gourde fund to be distributed to 50 tradeswomen. The ladies will get the credit for 6 months with a 2% discount interest. Repayments are made monthly to allow other women to join the program.

The organization sets out a number of criteria for selecting the first borrowers. These criteria are based on women's experience in trading (ability to manage money) and the level of participation in all organization activities.

The organization, in addition to the credit program, will set up a tree nursery to produce 20,000 seedlings to raise awareness among its members about environmental degradation issues and to help protect their personal gardens.

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Hands-on credit management training
Hands-on credit management training

One of the strategies used by Lambi Fund towards its goal of revenue creation for rural women is the establishment of a Women's Credit Fund. Women borrow small amounts of money to help them sgart or exapnd a small business.

Currently 63 women are participating in this Women's Credit Fund.

The impact of the credit project

With the difficult economic situation in the country, especially in the rural areas where the government of Haiti is completely absent, Credit Projects for Women to start or expand a trade business is one of the most interesting project categories. It has a major impact on the Organizations and the community in which they live:

It allows members more money to invest in economic activity.

Women have more autonomy in their homes and are more productive.

Increased availability of community goods (yields increase and more commodities are purchased)

Parents have a better way of caring for their children (they can now afford to send them to school or provide health care, etc.).

It increases economic activity in the community.

The organization becomes stronger and more capable due to management training but in addition there are more meetings to set up criteria for members applying for credit, selecting beneficiaries, monitoring repayments, etc.

The organization becomes more visible in the area.

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As a young woman I often wonder why my options are so limited. Given opportunities I never feel complete till nowI was speaking to one of the woman who have received a loan from the organization named AFGAM.  She is a mother of threeShe expressed how she felt so limited when even for lamp oil she had to go to her husband who says more than she can tolerate.  Waiting for harvest time without any potential for other revenue is so stressful.  Her day can be spend like a scavenger, as they says in Haiti, "searching for life"

When an organization member told me her stories, I can best remember the smile she displayed and her gestures, waving in the air and pounding her chest as she says "It is me that put food on the table when there is not enough from the harvest and I do not have to ask for money for lamp oil.

Her story touched me deeply as a Haitian and a mother.  It is truly examplary of the impact of the micro loan that Lambi fund has made available with your donation and your support. These loans create opportunities beyond what we expected and bring hope to so many families who had no other options. Most often women recepient of the loan repay timely and assure their responsibilities to reimburse so other women can benefit, in solidarity.

Since we made the request for your help, The Lambi Fund has provided 5 organizations with a total of 1,700.000 HDG to 5 organizations that assisted 410 women and their family members that count more than 2,500 persons (husbands, partners, children).  Women received loans of 10,000.00 HDG with a 2% interest which goes to increase the fund and support the administration of the organization.

 Thank you so much for your help.  We appreciate your care and your vision to join us to make a difference in the lives of many women, accross oceans. 

business of local food consumption creates revenue
business of local food consumption creates revenue

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Katiana Anglade
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States
$2,878 raised of $20,000 goal
 
79 donations
$17,122 to go
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