A loan of $300 helped to connect to Haiti's first solar hybrid smart electricity grid.


Emilia's story

This loan helps Emilia get connected to her local prepay microgrid.

Emilia is a farmer and lives with her husband and her two kids in the town of Les Anglais in southern Haiti. Their white house has no reliable access to electricity, and thus, Emilia is forced to use costly and harmful kerosene for lighting. With both of her kids still at school, she wishes they had better light for studying at night. A solar-powered microgrid is being installed in Les Anglais, giving Emilia and her family the opportunity to connect to a higher quality, lower-cost energy source. She is looking forward to being connected, as it will allow her to save money. She is seeking a loan from Kiva lenders to cover the upfront cost of connection to the grid, which she will repay through her payments for electricity.

An electrical connection dramatically reduces the cost of lighting in towns such as Les Anglais while offering far superior light quality and more generally providing opportunities for people to dramatically improve their quality of life.

To see a video of Les Anglais and the hybrid solar grid, please click here.



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