Rosane lives in Les Anglais, a village in the South Department of Haiti about 6 hours from the capital Port-au-Prince. Rosane first started selling EarthSpark products last year with the help of Kiva lenders. With a Kiva loan, she was able to purchase an EarthSpark “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.
Rosane is looking to purchase more inventory to help grow her clean energy business. She currently sells the Recho Mirak efficient cookstove and solar desk lamps 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 energy costs are also reduced. She has a waiting list of customers who would like to rent products and is hoping to purchase enough stock to keep up with the demand in her community.
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.