Franklin lives in Port a Piment, Haiti, an area with erratic access to electricity. He has a degree in accounting. He would now like to launch his first business by becoming an EarthSpark Clean Energy Entreprenuer. With a Kiva loan, Franklin 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. He is looking for a loan to purchase stock for solar desk lamp as well as kerosene stoves and charcoal-efficient cookstoves because these are the products most in demand in his area. He does’nt like to see someone cut down tree, by selling these stoves can help minimize the effects of charcoal on the environment by reducing carbon emissions and the need to cut down trees to produce charcoal.
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.