Rosane lives in Les Anglais, a village in the South Department of Haiti about 6 hours from the capital Port-au-Prince. She is married and has 4 children in school. She has never had electricity in her home. Her current monthly income is about 125 USD and she would now like to augment this by becoming an EarthSpark clean energy entrepreneur. With a Kiva loan, Rosane will be set up with a “Business in a Bag”, a kit containing a personalized mix of small-scale clean energy products, marketing materials and training on energy literacy, SMS tracking of sales, and basic business skills.
Rosane is very passionate and excited to take on about her new role. She would like to expand her business because she would like to help EarthSpark become bigger. She will sell solar desk lamps and charcoal efficient cookstoves. She believes that increasing access to solar products will help her country advance. Les Anglais is very vulnerable to flooding due to deforestation. In Haiti, deforestation is caused by cutting down trees to make charcoal for cooking fuel. EarthSpark reduced-charcoal cookstoves reduces the amount of charcoal needed by about 25%, which along with being better for the environment means the users save money on fuel costs. She particularly likes EarthSpark products because they are durable and of high quality.
About EarthSpark International
EarthSpark International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in Haiti by expanding access to clean and efficient energy products and services for lower-income, underserved homes and businesses. EarthSpark supports local clean energy entrepreneurs in selling products ranging from solar energy systems to portable lanterns to improved cookstoves. EarthSpark has also built and is expanding Haiti's first pre-pay microgrid which delivers electricity to homes and businesses via poles and wires at a village scale.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.