Altise is an EarthSpark clean energy entrepreneur selling Lanp Enèji Pwòp solar light bulbs on a rent-to-own basis. She lives in Chardonnieres, Haiti about a 6 hours’ drive from Port-au-Prince in an area without access to electricity. She first started selling EarthSpark products after being a customer. She had bought a Lanp Enèji Pwòp to replace her sooty kerosene stove. After noticing that her son’s eyes didn’t water while studying with a Lanp Enèji Pwòp the way they had under a kerosene lamp, she decided she wanted to spread the word within her community. She currently has 30 customers renting out Lanp Enèji Pwòp and she has started to sell clean energy products with EarthSpark. She used this “business in a bag” to launch a clean energy entrepreneurship with EarthSpark. She sold out of her products so quickly that she has paid off her loan and is now coming back to us for another loan. This time, she would like to double her business and is asking for 630 USD. With this money, she will continue to sell solar desk lamps and efficient stoves. With her first Kiva loan, Altise 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.