Faby lives in Darbouze, Haiti in an area with erratic access to electricity. He already has a small boutique that sells motorcycle parts, but he has started to sell clean energy products with EarthSpark as a clean energy entrepreneur. He sold out of his products so quickly that he has paid off his first loan and is now coming back for another loan to double his business with an EarthSpark “Business in a Bag.” This is 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. He would like to sell solar desk lamps as well as the Recho Gaz Blan and the Recho Mirak. The Recho Gaz Blan is a kerosene cookstove, and the Recho Mirak is a charcoal-efficient cookstove, both of which help the environment by reducing the need for charcoal.
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.