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The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Supporting economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti

July 22, 2014

2014 New Projects

Build 20 Water Cisterns For 1800 Families In Haiti

Summary

This project will build 20 4,500 gallon water cisterns in drought-ravaged Northwest Haiti where the burden of collecting water falls on the girls and women. Mesie walks six hours each day to collect water for her family. She cannot go to school. In its 20 years, Lambi has helped 2,000,000+ Haitians become more self-sufficient, and planted 2,000,000 tree seedlings. To celebrate 20 years of service, we ask you to Give Water, and in so doing, to Give Life to the women and girls of rural Haiti.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
98% deforested, Haiti is vulnerable to climate change-induced drought: Haiti's Northwest received no measurable rainfall between 8/2013 and late 5/2014. Cholera too has gripped Haiti since the earthquake. Girls and women are responsible for gathering water which may take as much as six hours per day. Young girls cannot go to school; women can do little else to help their families.

How will this project solve this problem?
Water cisterns capture rain during the rainy season, bringing clean water to communities during the long dry season and freeing girls for school, and women to help their families prosper. Each cistern can support up to 90 families, 450 people, during the long dry season, literally freeing up the labor of thousands of girls and women from the daily chore of gathering water. Young girls can go to school; women can engage in other activities to improve the well-being of their families.

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Potential Long Term Impact

Families join a cistern by giving $0.10/month to hire a "water management attendant" whose responsibilities include water treatment and cistern maintenance. Built with the financial support of western donors, and by the hearts, heads and hands of the communities that benefit from them, the cisterns are maintained as a life-giving resource long into the future of the communities they benefit. 20 cisterns will be built, each of which supports 90 families. 9,000 individuals stand to benefit.


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.


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