Lise is an EarthSpark clean energy entrepreneur selling Lanp Enèji Pwòp solar light bulbs and TiPowa solar desk lamps with mobile phone charging on a rent-to-own basis. She lives in Les Cayes, the capital of the South Department of Haiti with her husband and child.
With a Kiva loan, Lise 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.
She currently has 32 customers renting out Lanp Enèji Pwòp and TiPowa, and then; she will soon be expanding her solar entrepreneurship business. Lise is asking for a loan to purchase stock for Lanp Enèji Pwòp and TiPowa because she has a list of customers waiting for them in her area.
A loan through Kiva will enable her to jump-start her clean energy business.
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.