Total loan: $300

Madame Rober

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Les Anglais, Sud Department, Haiti / Personal Use

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Madame Rober's story

This loan helps Madame Rober pay for electricity from her local prepay microgrid. Madame Rober is a 62-year-old mother of five children, four of whom go to school. She is a farmer and lives in a small white house in Les Anglais, in southern Haiti. She is seeking a loan from Kiva lenders to be able to pay for energy from the local solar-powered microgrid, and to be able to use a fan and freezer at home. Mainly, she is looking forward to being connected as it will allow her to save money - Madame Rober 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 prepay quality electricity to people in Les Anglais (first with 14 households, and up to 54), EarthSpark International is developing a full-scale, solar-powered microgrid. 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.