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Louis Charles
Louis Charles

Update on Louis Charles

Louis Charles started selling EarthSpark clean energy products a few months ago, integrating these products into his existing business. After selling out the entire inventory he bought with his last loan, he still has customers calling him with more orders. He is looking to increase his inventory and is taking out a second loan to help meet the demand in his community.

Previous Loan Details

Louis Charles lives in Tiburon, Haiti, about a 7-hour drive from the capital Port-au-Prince. Tiburon is not connected to the national electrical grid. There is smaller private source of electricity but it does not reach everyone and only provides power for 3 hours per day. He already has a succe... More from Louis Charles's previous loan »

Additional Information

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.

Concurrent and Successive Loans

Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.

This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.

About Haiti

  • $1,300
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    Haiti Loans Fundraising
  • $2,025,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 42.4
    Haiti Gourdes (HTG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $975 helped Louis Charles to stock clean energy retail business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 8, 2013