Total loan: $325

Mme Raphael

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Les Anglais, Sud Department, Haiti / Personal Use

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Mme Raphael's story

This loan helps Mme Raphael get connected to her local prepay micro-grid. Mme Raphael is an 80-year-old single mother of 7. She is a farmer and lives in a small yellow and brown house in Les Anglais, in southern Haiti. She is seeking a loan from Kiva lenders to be able to connect to the local solar-powered micro-grid, and to get reliable electricity at home. Mainly, she worries that regular kerosene use is harming her and her family’s long-term health. Mme Raphael and her family will now be able to benefit from a reliable, durable, and clean power source. After running pilots since 2012 that proved the benefits of prepaid quality electricity to people in Les Anglais (first with 14 households, and then with 54), EarthSpark International is developing a full-scale, solar-powered micro-grid. This micro-grid is expected to meet the needs of up to 500 households. Kiva loans allow EarthSpark to increase the number of beneficiaries by reducing the up-front costs for customers, and will be repaid over time by electricity sales. To see a video of Les Anglais and the hybrid solar grid, please click here.