USDA - 416b



CHF International

CHF International has a proven international reputation for effective, efficient, and inclusive community building. Our core strengths are in microfinance and microenterprise development, local organizational capacity building, community-led development projects, leveraging resources, building public/private partnerships, and effective technical skills transfer. We believe that credit provision and strong local partnerships are important tools that stimulate local economic development and strengthen peace and stability. We see our programs as the building blocks to peaceful, prosperous, and democratic societies. We develop program models adapted to local needs and priorities, and our initiatives are formed on a sound economic basis, foster self-sufficiency, and promote environmental sustainability. Once tested at the community level, our programs are often scaled up for regional or national implementation.

CHF International is successful because it brings together the people, organizations and resources necessary to ensure steady, sustainable change. Our programs ensure that individuals, families and communities:

  • Begin to participate in the decisions that impact their lives;
  • Learn to work together to solve their own problems;
  • Are provided with the tools and skills needed to escape from the bonds of poverty;
  • Form productive partnerships that will sustain the cycle of progress; and
  • Develop confidence in their ability to create a brighter, more prosperous future for themselves and their communities.

CHF International/ Lebanon

Since 1997, CHF International has been working in a wide variety of programmatic arenas in Lebanon, ranging from quick impact projects to more complex economic development and education programming.

The Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI – funded by USAID) focused on repairing damage resulting from the 16-year civil war through the creation and technical support of cluster project committees, which not only resulted in community driven projects, but also brought together splintered communities through the development process. In coordination with the REDI program, CHF designed and implemented 2 USDA programs (USDA 416-b and Agro-Business and Community Infrastructure – ABCI Program) focusing on the economic development of the target communities through investing in agribusiness and community infrastructure by diversifying economic opportunities, improving and rehabilitating agricultural infrastructure and increasing disposable incomes. Through the three year, on-going Environmentally Appropriate Rural Technologies (EARTH) Initiative (funded by USAID), CHF International is establishing a sustainable, environmentally sound, and cost-effective waste management facility in Zahleh. In addition, through our Clustering for Economic Development and Revitalization of Industry Sectors (CEDARS– funded by USAID) and CEDARSplus program (funded by USAID) and Access to Microfinance and Enhanced Enterprises Niches (AMEEN) programs, CHF linked rural farmers to new markets, improved agriculture techniques, and provided entrepreneurs and farmers with access to credit. Under the USDOL ACCESS-MENA program, CHF works to combat child labor by providing educational opportunities to the most vulnerable children in urban centers of Lebanon. Through these programs in Lebanon, CHF has implemented projects in all major regions and cities in the country. Furthermore, CHF is implementing three new programs (Humanitarian Assistance in Lebanon – Phases I, II, and III) in response to the latest conflict in Lebanon aimed at providing life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to families directly impacted by the conflict. Program activities primarily cover water and sanitation, access to health services, improved livelihood, psychological interventions and the provision of food and non food items to the affected population, in addition to improving the ability of conflict-affected persons to rapidly restore their communities and resume gainful economic activity in a sustainable manner. Moreover, CHF was recently awarded the Lebanon Education Assistance for Development (LEAD) program to be implemented in 55 public schools in North Lebanon and Mount Lebanon. The LEAD program will enhance the educational environment through minor infrastructure improvements, increased equipment and supplies that can be practically applied to current curricula, and the promotion of an integrated educational environment through awareness raising campaigns and extracurricular activities that promote tolerance, community involvement, and leadership.