The months of December 2020 and January 2021 were quite busy for the members of Asosyasyon Fanm Vanyan Fyevil (Fyevil Association of Courageous Women). Our Regional Monitor worked closely with the management committee of AFVF along with 2 two of their previously contractaed Veterinarians to evaluate the progress of this project and their goats. Approximately 21 members participated in these meeting where they discussed the following:
Difficulties they faced in acquiring essential medications needed to care for the ill goats.
Revamping the process of distributing the baby goats.
Monitoring the evolution of the troop and how the goats are interacting with each other.
Necessity of reform in an effort to minimize miscarriages among the goats.
Based on those points, here are the solutions that the women were able to come up with:
The veterinarians will assist the organization in getting the medications needed that are most prevalent throughout the troop.
Closer monitoring of the female goats that suffer more than one miscarriage to move them elsewhere when necessary.
More frequent meetings to be held throughout the organization to discuss, in detail, the distribution method so no one is skipped accidentally or feels they were skipped.
Although the itnernal work was a lot, the goats continued to produce. There were 16 goats that were born between last month and this month. The original troop now has 216 kids born from the inception of the project. So far, 172 have been distributed to 120 of AFVF's members. Even the kids have given birth! 48 of the once baby goats already gave birth to 73 kids of their own, bringing the total throughout the organization to 350 goats!
In addition to their flourishing goat project, these women have also begun filling bags to prepare their seedlings for the reforestation aspect of their project.
The women and community members in the village of Gros Mornes welcomed 180 baby goats into this world as of this past summer.These kids came from the first set mothers that were initially distributed at the project's inception. 110 of those babies have already been weaned and placed in their new homes. By the end of fall, 46 others will follow suit.
Your support has made this project so successful that there will actually be a second round of distribution once every member has received a goat. This allows for our partners to gain more economic stability as their goats reproduce; they can sell them and bring in other forms of income.
That's not all! The members continue to give their support and energy towards the project as they assist with the upkeep of the pens. They also bring food to feed the mothers regularly especially when the lack of rain causes scarcity. They have gone as far as purchasing pastures for blocks of time to ensure that the goats do not die of hunger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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