Since we last wrote, we have been busy expanding the Enèji Pwòp retailer network, building better business tools, and expanding our first microgrid!
The network now has 102 retailers across the country, and we partnered with amazing marketing specialists 17 Triggers to develop comprehensive training and marketing materials that our team will be using in the coming months to train new entrepreneurs and better support our current network.
Sales to date have grossed over $125,392 since 2010, growing exponentially from $6,943 in 2010 to $65,442 to date in 2013. Enèji Pwòp retailers have sold over 7,158 products, benefiting nearly 35,000 Haitian people. 3,141 products have been sold in 2013 as of September 1st, illustrating Enèji Pwòp’s dramatic sustained growth. Enèji Pwòp solar lighting products directly replace kerosene, candles and charcoal, resulting in household savings of over $5 per month.
Alongside our retail work, we have expanded our first microgrid from 14 to 56 customers, and we will be able to report some additional exciting news on that front soon. (hint: solar energy!)
Thank you for making all of this work possible. We couldn't do it without your support.
Over the past quarter EarthSpark International has made exciting progress in two of our major initiatives to eradicate energy poverty in Haiti. Our clean energy retail initiative, Enji Pwòp, continues to grow. During the past three months almost 1,700 clean energy products, such as solar lamps, energy efficient stoves and solar home systems were purchased making the quarter Enji Pwòp’s most successful to date. These products will assist thousands of families and businesses by providing safe and healthy light sources and save money by eliminating the need to purchase kerosene. Enji Pwòp’s growing network of local clean energy entrepreneurs stands at 60 active entrepreneurs and now spans across most of Haiti. In this way, Enji Pwòp is helping local entrepreneurs expand their businesses and deliver clean energy to their communities. Enji Pwòp also refined its e-commerce site, www.enejipwop.com, for members of the Diaspora community to purchase clean energy products for their friends and family in Haiti.
EarthSpark’s other major initiative, the Les Anglais micro-grid, is about to complete its Phase II stage which will provide pole and wire electricity service to 50 households. EarthSpark’s micro-grid service, called EKo Pwòp (short for “Clean Community Electricity” in Haitian Creole) allows customers or their families to pre-pay for electricity service, similar to how they pay for their cell phone service. The electricity provided by the micro-grid will help Les Anglais residents, such as Kris Jean Charles do his homework into the evening and local entrepreneur Gardy to keep his hardware store open later. On August 15th Phase II will go online and EarthSpark plans to celebrate this milestone with the rest of the Les Anglais community during their annual patron saint festival. Phase III of the project will expand the micro-grid to all of downtown, ~400 households, and is planned to be completed by the summer of 2014. The expansion will also include an upgrade to solar energy, ensuring long-term sustainability of the grid operations. Beyond Les Anglais, EarthSpark is working in conjunction with local organizations and the Haitian government to plan solar-powered ‘smart’ microgrids in other small towns in the region.
We at EarthSpark would like to offer a tremendous “Thank You!” to all of our supporters. Without your contributions none of this would be possible and thousands of Haitians would be without dependable access to clean, efficient electricity that we help to provide.
EarthSpark is always looking for ways to get more people involved in their work and increasing energy access in Haiti. What do you think are the best ways to engage people interested in the issues of sustainable development and energy access?
Thank you again for your kind support.
Up until recently, EarthSpark launched and operated its energy retail activities under the local brand name Enèji Pwòp ("Clean Energy" in Haitian Creole), primarily in the southwest region of Haiti.
In recent months, your contributions have helped us expand our retail activity on a national scale (!) with over 60 active entrepreneurs selling solar productives and efficient cookstoves all over Haiti, including in key markets such as Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, and Cap Haitian. Find out more about our launch in the North!
As we continue to grow our network of clean energy entrepreneurs, we are also working closely with 17triggers to develop sales, training and marketing tools, in order to improve our business practices.
Stay tuned to find out more about the growth of our retail activity in Haiti!
Dear generous donors,
Thanks to your support, EarthSpark has met our fundraising goal and has won the Global Giving Challenge! Your generous support has enabled us to secure a permanent spot on the Global Giving site, and more importantly your contribution will fuel the expantion of clean and efficient energy services in Haiti over the coming months.
While our target was $5,000, donors collectively contributed $5,305 through the Challenge. All of this funding will go directly to providing high-quality low cost energy 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.
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. Your contribution will help us expand our work with local community organizations and local and national governments to promote clean energy adoption while ensuring that our activities are aligned with government objectives for long-term sustainability.
As a contributor to this project, you are making this work possible. Thank you for working with us to eradicate energy poverty in Haiti.
All the best for a 2013 filled with sustainable warmth, light, and collaboration,
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