Patrique lives in Cap Haitian, in the North of Haiti. He doesn’t have electricity in his home and there is not access to solar products in his community. For two years Patrique has been the Coordinator of the Organization des Jeunes Visionnaires Haïtiens Pour des Actions Sociales (Organization of Haitian Youth Visionaries for Social Action). This is a group of young adults who work in their community, putting on cultural and sporting events and taking part in community health activities such as campaigns against cholera.
The group has graduated from a year-long government training in leadership skills and is now looking for entrepreneurial opportunities. Patrique would like to become an EarthSpark clean energy agent so that he can purchase products in bulk and set up other members of his group with an EarthSpark “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.
Patrique has recently finished government training on energy access in Haiti and is very dedicated to providing his community with clean energy solutions. He would like to sell EarthSpark products to help prevent blackouts and help people use renewable sources of energy that are better for their health and the environment in Haiti. He is in interested in all EarthSpark products but will start out with solar desk lamps, solar light bulbs and kerosene stoves.
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.