Tet Kole — Northwest
I am Marceline Joseph and I am president of the Tet Kole—Northwest Women's Organization. I have five children and am also a member of the progressive women's singing/samba group called Awozam. We are comprised of female artists from Northwest Haiti who sing inspirational songs about democracy and empowerment throughout the country.
KFTK-NW has a long history in partnering with Lambi Fund. A few years back, we partnered with Lambi Fund to build a grain mill in our valley. This mill has done so much for me. As a member I have been fortunate to enjoy all of the benefits of having a mill nearby. I can tend to my animals more effectively now since I no longer have to travel long distances to get my corn and grains milled.
KFTK-NW's sophisticated motor also produces a higher quality product. For instance, when you mill ten cans of millet, you get nine cans of ground millet which is significantly higher than other millet grinders in the area.
As a result, many dealers are coming to our grain mill to purchase our high quality product. They purchase corn and millet from KFTK-NW members to sell to other vendors and this is a great financial benefit for us.
The grain mill has also been an impetus for development in our community. Since we have an influx of dealers coming to purchase grain from our mill, we as members have decided to work on nearby roads so that they can enter the town with ease.
Our organization is strengthening as well. People in this valley see the success of the grain mill and they want to get involved. We are growing and planning for new projects in the future.