Yvrose lives in Port Salut, Haiti, about a 5-hour drive from the capital Port-au-Prince. She already has a business selling mobile phones and phone credit. She has started to sell clean energy products with EarthSpark as 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. She sold out of her products so quickly that she has paid off her loan and is now coming back to us for another loan. This time, she would like to continue her business and is asking for a new loan. With this money, she will continue to sell solar desk lamps and efficient stoves.
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.