Hugues lives in Rendel, in the South Department of Haiti, an area with erratic access to electricity. He has had a store for 5 years that sells recharge card and recharge cell phone with inverter. He has recently decided to start selling EarthSpark clean energy products to expand his current business.
With a Kiva loan, Hugues 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. Hugues would like to sell solar energy desk lamps with mobile phone charging capability. He wants to sell clean energy products because he likes business and the local population really likes EarthSpark products. He is married and has 12 children in school. Rendel is very vulnerable to flooding due to deforestation.
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.