Juline lives in the village of Les Anglais, in the South Department of Haiti about 6 hours from the capital Port-au-Prince. She lives with her mother and brother and has never had electricity in her home. She is an experienced EarthSpark Clean Energy Entrepreneur. With the help of a Kiva loan last year, she 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.
Juline’s business has grown exponentially, and she is now looking for a Kiva loan to purchase new stock. She will use her loan to purchase solar energy products such as solar light bulbs and solar desk lamps for sale in her community. She sells her products on a rent-to-own basis. Using a rent-to-own approach gives her customers access to solar lighting without having to worry about the upfront costs. The customer pays back the amount of money they would normally spend on kerosene each night and once the rent-to-own term is finished, not only do they have a cleaner, healthier source of lighting but they also reduce their energy costs.
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.