Charmant lives in Aquin, and has 4 children. He currently works as a fisherman leader in his community but also owns a fishing accessories store. He is now interested in launching a business as a clean energy entrepreneur to integrate these products into his existing business. He will be the first EarthSpark entrepreneur in the area so he will be able to expand access to clean energy products to many people.
With a Kiva loan, Charmant 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 to launch his business. For his first inventory he will purchase solar desk lamps and charcoal-efficient cookstoves.
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.