Franklin lives in Port-a-Piment, Haiti, an area with erratic access to electricity. He has a degree in accounting and he works as a taxi driver of motorcycle. One of the reasons he wants to sell cookstoves is because he doesn’t like seeing people cut down trees to produce charcoal. EarthSpark efficient cookstoves can help minimize the effects of charcoal on the environment by reducing carbon emissions and deforestation. He has started to sell clean energy products with EarthSpark. 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 double his business and is asking for 730 USD. With this money, he will continue to sell solar desk lamps and efficient stoves. With his first Kiva loan, Franklin 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.
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.