Bernadette is a farmer and lives with her two kids in the town of Les Anglais, in southern Haiti. Their white and green house has no reliable access to electricity and thus Bernadette is forced to use costly and harmful kerosene for lighting. With both of her kids still in school, she wishes they had better light for studying at night. A solar-powered microgrid is being installed in Les Anglais, giving Bernadette and her family the opportunity to connect to a higher quality, lower-cost energy source; she is looking forward to being connected as it will allow her to save money. She is seeking a loan from Kiva lenders to cover the up front cost of connection to the grid, which she will repay through her payments for electricity.
An electrical connection dramatically reduces the cost of lighting in towns such as Les Anglais, while offering far superior light quality and more generally providing opportunities for people to dramatically improve their quality of life.
To see a video of Les Anglais and the hybrid solar grid, please click here.
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EarthSpark International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in Haiti by expanding access to clean energy products for lower-income, off-the-grid households.
EarthSpark is developing a full-scale, sun powered microgrid that will power up to 500 households. This Kiva loan will allow EarthSpark to increase the number of beneficiaries by reducing the up-front costs to customers by financing their connections costs. The loan will be repaid over time by electricity sales and are collateralized by a portion of the electricity payments of the entire community.
To see a video of Les Anglais and the hybrid solar grid please click here.
About EarthSpark InternationalEarthSpark 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.
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