The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Supporting economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti

July 26, 2014

Continuing Projects

Coffee Production
The Cooperative of Agricultural Coffee Growers of Koalavil
KAPKAK, 116 members: 56 women, 60 men

KAPKAK just finished building two coffee plants that wash, dry and process coffee beans, but environmental degradation in the area means that they have a higher processing capacity than the amount of coffee growers in the area can produce. In order to maximize production, KAPKAK has partnered with Lambi Fund to plant 45,000 coffee plants and 15,000 shade trees. These trees will increase coffee growth and set production at optimal levels. Lambi Fund is providing the seeds, tools and supplies necessary to plant the seedlings and build tree nurseries. Workshops on seedling production, nursery management and care for the environment will also be administered.


Reforestation
The Peasant Movement of Charbe
MPC: 461 members, 193 women, 268 men

MPC members want to build on previous reforestation efforts by planting 60,000 fruit and forest trees over 18 months to reforest 100 hectares of land in the Charbe area. The organization also wants to encourage farmers to practice sustainable farming techniques and to educate members and locals in the area on the problems of deforestation, soil erosion and effective reforestation methods. Lambi Fund will provide the funds to build two tree nurseries and purchase the seeds, tools and equipment such as rakes, pumps, picks, and shovels needed. Training on sustainable agriculture, seedling production, reforestation, composting and organizational capacity building will be administered.


Goat Breeding
The Three Mangoes Peasant Organization for Development
OPDTM: 79 members: 32 women, 47 men

Members of OPDTM suffer from severe environmental degradation in their community — impacting agriculture and animal grazing. Facing this reality, the organization wants to learn how to grow feed and breed goats while caring for their environment. To make this a reality, Lambi Fund is funding the purchase of 50 female and five male breeding goats along with technical training in animal husbandry. This includes building a shelter for the animals, gardens for growing animal feed and a fenced in grazing area. Lambi Fund will also provide funding and assistance to develop a veterinary pharmacy.


Sustainable Agriculture and Community Credit Fund
Moje Planters' Organization
OPMO: 150 members: 50 women, 100 men

Members of OPMO have arable fertile land for agriculture, but suffer from low rainfall, which reduce crop outputs. In order to increase agricultural productivity in this area, OPMO has partnered with Lambi Fund to irrigate 30 acres of land and to establish a community credit fund for farmers. The credit fund will provide farmers with access to affordable loans to purchase tools, seeds and other inputs needed to increase crop productivity. While the purchase of two mobile irrigation pumps will water fields from the nearby river. Training on credit fund management, bookkeeping, sustainable agriculture and organizational capacity building will also be offered.


Ox-plow Service and Community Credit Fund
The Society for Agricultural Development of Nip
SADN: 55 members: 20 women, 25 men

Members of SADN suffer from low agricultural productivity and access to farming tools in their community. In an effort to remedy this, SADN has partnered with Lambi Fund to launch an ox-plow service and a community credit fund for farmers. Currently, farmers have to plow their fields by hand. It is such time consuming and back-breaking work that many fields do not get plowed in time for planting season. This ox-plow service will provide members with access to oxen that can plow their fields affordably and efficiently. The credit fund will make affordable loans to farmers allowing them to purchase more seeds, tools and agricultural inputs to increase their harvests. For this project, Lambi Fund is funding the purchase of six oxen and three plows. Trainings on sustainable agriculture, credit fund management and organizational capacity building are also being provided.


Community Credit Fund
The Agricultural Peasants Organization for Economic and Social Development
OPAGDEVES: 320 members: 209 women, 111 men

OPAGDEVES is a large organization of 320 members dedicated to economic and social development in their community, yet they have limited resources to make viable business investments. As such, the organization has partnered with Lambi Fund to launch a community credit fund. This fund will start by issuing 50 loans to members who will then be able to make investments in their small businesses and agriculture. As the loans are repaid, the fund will grow and the group will have even more money to loan to its members. Lambi Fund is providing the start-up capital to create the community credit fund and is administering workshops on credit fund management, bookkeeping, and organizational capacity building.


Community Credit Fund
Association of Women for Action in Gwomon
AFAGM: 205 women

Members of AFAGM want to strengthen their community credit fund so that they may expand their loan capacity. Increasing the credit fund will allow 100 AFAGM members access to affordable loans. This will allow members to purchase more seeds, tools, and supplies which are needed to increase crop inputs and harvest yields. Lambi Fund will provide the seed money to expand the organization's credit fund and will administer training in credit fund management, organizational management, and capacity building.


Ox-Plowing Service and Community Credit Fund
Group of Women Miracle of Faith
GWOFAMIL: 52 members - 49 women, 3 men

Ox plowing

GWOFAMIL's members would like to help farmers be more efficient by replacing picks, machetes and hoes with ox-plows. In order to achieve this, Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase six local oxen and three ox plows, as well as creating a community credit fund that will enable 25 farmers to obtain loans at affordable rates. Additionally, Lambi Fund is providing training in ox-plow operation, project and credit fund management, organizational capacity building, forage production and conservation. Seeds, tools, training and supplies necessary to plant 20,000 seedlings are being provided as well.


Coffee and Fruit Production and Reforestation
Mark Coordination of Peasants
KPM: 627 members - 226 women, 401 men

Coffee beans

Lambi Fund is providing KPM with the resources to build five nurseries and hire ten nursery attendants. This partnership will produce 100,000 fruit, coffee and forest trees to be planted in the area — enabling KPM's members to increase coffee and fruit production, and to slow the rate of erosion. Additionally, Lambi Fund is training 65 members in seedling production, nursery construction, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, reforestation and terracing.


Ox-Plowing Service and Community Credit Fund
Union of Planters for the Development of the Environment in Picot
UPLADEP: 42 members - 16 women, 26 men

Oxen

UPLADEP wants to help increase farmers' revenue in Piko by providing ox-plowing services and a credit fund. In partnership with the organization, Lambi Fund is funding the purchase of six oxen and three ox plows and providing the starter money for a community credit fund. The community credit fund will allow UPLADEP to offer loans to 25 farmers. In order to ensure smooth operations, Lambi Fund is providing training on ox-plow operation, project and credit fund management, organizational capacity building and forage production. In addition, Lambi Fund is providing the tools, seeds, materials and training to build a nursery and plant 20,000 seedlings in the community.


Grain Storage and Community Credit Fund
Youth Association of Sel
AJS: 255 members - 135 men, 120 women

grain

In order to revive local agriculture and generate local employment opportunities, AJS is partnering with the Lambi Fund to build a grain storage facility, enabling AJS to purchase, store and sell affordable grain to its 255 members. Further, the Lambi Fund is helping AJS to expand its community credit fund, which will allow AJS to offer an additional 50 loans to farmers purchasing seeds for crop planting. In addition, Lambi Fund is providing technical assistance to AJS by training members on organizational capacity building, project management and grain storage facility management along with the resources and training to build a nursery and plant 20,000 seedlings.


Reforestation Program
OPD, TKL-Oscar Romero, TKB, MFM, UPLADEP, GWOFAMIL, OFJ, KPM
(20,000 fruit and nut trees each, for KPM: 100,000 coffee and shade tree seedlings)

Soil erosion is most severe in the southern parts of Haiti. Deforestation and poor agricultural practices have left the land barren and exploited. When it rains degraded land do not easily absorb water and nutrient rich topsoil is washed away. In efforts to curb this troublesome trend, Lambi Fund is unifying its reforestation efforts. Like before, each partner organization still has a reforestation component for each of their projects, but grouping them together regionally allows for more efficient monitoring and evaluation. This allows Lambi Fund to track progress and better identify impacts.

In the south, seven organizations will be provided with the funding and training needed to plant 20,000 fruit and nut trees, while KPM will plant 100,000 coffee and shade tree seedlings. Lambi Fund will provide funding for each group to purchase the materials needed to build tree nurseries along with tools like shovels, wheelbarrows, picks, and watering cans. Approximately 30 members from each organization will attend multi-day seminars on nursery management, seedling production, sustainable agriculture and reforestation.


Goat Breeding
Association of Farmers and Breeders of Akil
APEAG: 165 members - 87 men, 78 women

Goat breedomg

APEAG wants to strengthen goat breeding efforts in their community to increase personal incomes for its members. In partnership with the organization, Lambi Fund is providing the resources to create 20 grazing areas, build 22 enclosed grazing fields, the purchase of 120 females and 12 males, hire two veterinary technicians and stock a veterinary pharmacy. To ensure smooth project operation, Lambi Fund is providing technical assistance and training members in goat breeding, forage production and preservation, and project management. In addition, the tools, seeds and training needed to plant 20,000 seedlings are being offered as well.


Goat Breeding
Women's Organization of Jabwen
OFJ: 156 women

Goat breeding

Lambi Fund is working with OFJ to purchase 100 female goats and ten male breeders which will be distributed at ten sites and to build pens and areas for grazing for the animals. This project is helping decrease the destructive effects of open grazing and increasing incomes for its members. Funds to stock a veterinary pharmacy and hire two veterinary agents are being provided in addition to Lambi Fund offering workshops in project management, modern practices in goat breeding, capacity building and reforestation. A nursery will be built and seeds purchased to plant 20,000 seedlings in the area.


Sugarcane Mill
The Partnership for Change in Ravin Olyann
ACHVRO: 89 members with women's group, youth group, adult group

Sugarcane Mill

The members of ACHRVO are building a sugarcane mill, which will allow the community to transform the drought-resistant sugar cane they currently grow into syrup and sell it. The Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase building materials, including a motor and six ovens for syrup production, as well as training in mill construction, small business management, commercialization and mill operation. Lambi Fund is also helping to build a tree nursery, including seeds and tools for 20,000 seedlings, as well as train members on nursery management. In order to address the need for sanitation, three latrines were built in the mill while education on use and care for the latrines were provided.


Coffee Production
The Coffee Cooperative of Peasants from Gwomòn
KOKAPEG: 805 members - 51 groups

Coffee Mill

KOKAPEG's members are making their coffee production more efficient by modernizing their processing plant and growing their output in a two stage project using resources provided by Lambi Fund. In Phase 1, KOKAPEG is purchasing a coffee pulper to attach to their decorticating machine, which allows them to process the coffee beans more quickly. During Phase II, KOKAPEG will purchase 25,000 pounds of coffee beans from local farmers, process the beans and store them before shipping them to sell on the international market. In addition to these efforts, Lambi Fund is providing the resources to construct a tree nursery for 25,000 coffee seedlings and 6,000 shade trees, as well as training members in nursery preparation and management.


Goat Breeding
The Peasants Organization of Bige
OPB: 340 members - 128 women, 212 men

Goat breeding

Members of OPB are modernizing their goat breeding practices to make farming and production more efficient in their community. Lambi Fund is granting them the resources to construct a veterinary pharmacy, 23 pens, purchase 230 female and 23 male goats and hire a veterinary technician. OPB members are receiving training in modern animal husbandry practices, forage production and conservation, and project management. Lambi Fund is also providing the resources to build a tree nursery and purchase the seeds and tools needed to plant 20,000 seedlings, while offering nursery management and reforestation training.


Grain Mill
Peasant Movement for the Agricultural Development of Delann
MOPDAD: 98 members

Grain Mill

MOPDAD's 98 members are partnering with the Lambi Fund to construct a grain mill that will enable the women of the community to mill their corn and millet close by, rather than traveling long distances on foot. As a tool that processes raw products, which is a value-added step in the supply chain, the mill will increase food security and personal incomes in the community. MOPDAD is supplying the land and labor to build the mill and a tree nursery. Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase the motorized mill, fund the construction of the mill building and tree nursery, purchase seeds and tools to plant 20,000 tree seedlings, and is training members on organizational management, mill operation and maintenance and reforestation.


Sustainable Development
Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP)

Plantain farming

Lambi Fund and the CPP are continuing a partnership to strengthen and expand training to farmers cultivating plantains using the state-of-the-art PIF method. CPP is now an established source of healthy plantain trees in the region because members are trained in seedling production. Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase more seeds, tools and supplies and continues to provide training workshops.


Goat Breeding
The Heads Together Movement of Bodwa
MOTAB: 185 members - 108 women, 77 men

Goat breeding

MOTAB's male members have partnered with Lambi Fund to improve goat breeding practices and farmers' incomes in their community. They are purchasing 100 goats and constructing nine pens with enclosures for the animals. The project aims to eliminate open grazing, which increases the rate of deforestation and soil erosion. In addition to funding, Lambi Fund is training 30 farmers on modern goat breeding practices, project management, and reforestation. The tools, seeds and supplies for a nursery to plant 20,000 seedlings have been provided as well.


Ox-Plowing Service and Community Credit Fund
The Major Movement Fraternity
MFM: 70 members - 47 women, 23 men

Ox plowing

Members of MFM are partnering with Lambi Fund launch an ox-plow service and community credit fund. Lambi Fund is funding the purchase of six oxen, three plows and ox-plow accessories and starter money for a credit fund which is providing farmers access to affordable loans during the planting season. Lambi Fund is also training members in project and credit fund management, while past Lambi Fund grant recipients in the area are providing training in ox-plow operation. Resources for the construction of a nursery, seeds and tools to plant 20,000 trees and training in nursery management are being offered as well.

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