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Saphinia lives in Les Cayes, the third largest city in Haiti. Even though she has a university degree she is currently working with EarthSpark as contractor. She would now like to launch her first business by becoming an EarthSpark Clean Energy Entreprenuer. With a Kiva loan, Saphinia 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. She is looking for a loan to purchase stock for solar energy desk lamps with mobile phone charging capability because this is the product most in demand in her area. She wants to sell EarthSpark products because she appreciates the products and the initiative as a whole. She would like to improve access to EarthSpark products and help light up his community.

Additional Information

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.

About Haiti

  • $1,300
    Average annual income
  • 10
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    Haiti Loans Fundraising
  • $2,533,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $275 helped Saphinia to purchase stock for a clean energy business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
4 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013