Selnys lives in Felix, a small village about few kilometers from Port-Salut in an area without access to electricity. He is married and has four children with his wife who is a seamstress; three of them are in school. Selnys is a cabinetmaker, painter and retailer of pharmaceuticals products in different localities of the south department of Haiti for over 15 years. He has recently decided to start selling EarthSpark clean energy products to expand his current business. With a Kiva loan, Selnys 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. Selnys would like to sell solar energy desk lamps with mobile phone charging capability. He wants to sell clean energy products because he likes business and the local population really likes EarthSpark products.
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.