Eradicating Energy Poverty in Haiti

 
$6,176
$3,824
Raised
Remaining

Summary

EarthSpark is building clean energy value chains in Haiti to eradicate energy poverty. We provide high-quality low cost solutions for Haiti's unelectrified population through a) energy retail activity, creating a sustainable infrastructure of dedicated local entrepreneurs selling solar products and improved cookstoves and b) innovative pre-pay micro-grid systems.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In Haiti, 75% of households (7.5 million people) lack access to electricity and many spend 10% of their income on kerosene and candles for lighting and even more for phone charging and charcoal for cooking. In other words, Haiti's poor pay a premium for low-quality energy services which in turn are not only expensive but bad for their health and bad for the environment.

How will this project solve this problem?

For over two years, EarthSpark has been working in Haiti to develop sustainable energy retail models, and through our local brand Eneji Pwop, we have built a trusted network of 75 local entrepreneurs. Our resellers have rented or sold over 3,000 products (solar and improved cookstoves) and served over 10,000 households. We also recently launched Haiti's first prepay micro-grid project which leverages existing cellphone tower infrastructure to provide affordable, reliable access to electricit

Potential Long Term Impact

EarthSpark has ambitious plans for the next three years to expand its retail and micro-grid activities, first in the southern region, then throughout all of Haiti with an overarching goal to provide energy access to over 3 million people. EarthSpark works with local community organizations and local and national governments to promote clean energy adoption and to ensure that activities are aligned with government objectives and will have long-term sustainability.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,176
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,824
Total Funding Goal: $10,000

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Project Leader

Allison Archambault

Washington, DC United States

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Map of Eradicating Energy Poverty in Haiti
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