Thanks to the support of Kiva lenders, Juline was able to successfully launch her clean energy business in Les Anglais, Haiti last month! She chose to sell solar powered desk lamps and solar light bulbs on a rent-to-own basis in her community. Using a rent-to-own approach gives her customers access to solar lighting without having to worry about the upfront costs. The customer pays back the amount of money they would normally spend on kerosene each night and once the rent-to-own term is finished not only do they have a cleaner, healthier source of lighting but they cut down on their energy costs as well.
Juline is looking for another loan to expand her business. She would like to buy more solar powered desk lamps as she has a list of customers waiting for them!
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.