Lecene lives in the town of Port Salut, in the South Department of Haiti. He has had a store for 14 years that sells cell phone credit and motorcycle and bicycle parts. He has one employee in his store. He has started a clean energy business with EarthSpark to expand his current business and hopefully be able to employ more staff.
With his first Kiva loan,Lecene was 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 used this “business in a bag” to launch a clean energy entrepreneurship with EarthSpark. He sold out of his products so quickly that he has paid off his loan and is now coming back to us for another loan. This time, he would like to grow his business up and is asking for 450 USD. With this money, he will continue to sell solar desk lamps and efficient 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.