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 successful business across from a bus station serving Haitians travelling to and from the capital and sells rice, sugar, and motor parts. He would like to expand his business and sell clean energy products with EarthSpark International. He wants to sell EarthSpark products because there isn’t a lot of access to small-scale solar products in his area and he believes that with EarthSpark products people will realize that with light they can do things they weren’t able to do before. He would like a 1000-dollar loan so that he can launch his clean energy entrepreneurship by purchasing solar desk lamps, solar light bulbs and charcoal-efficient miracle stoves.
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.