Jean Adrien lives in Formond, Chantal, in the South Department of Haiti in an area with erratic access to electricity. For one year he has had a grocery store that sells food supplies. He is an environmental agent in his locality, and one of the reasons he wants to sell cookstoves and solar energy desk lamps is because he doesn’t like seeing people cut down trees to produce charcoal. EarthSpark's efficient cookstoves can help minimize the effects of charcoal on the environment by reducing carbon emissions and deforestation.
He has recently decided to start selling EarthSpark clean energy products to expand his current business.
With a Kiva loan, Jean 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.
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.