It gives us great pleasure to welcome the newest member of the Trees, Water & People (TWP) family, Jean Marie Gabriel. Jean is our new Haiti Program Manager, and will be living in Port-au-Prince representing TWP locally, and moving our projects forward.
Jean was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, and held a diverse array of occupations before moving to the United States to pursue University in 2000. Most interesting to us was his work in the banking sector, working as a Loan Officer for Fond d’Assistance aux Entrepreneurs Moyens (Fund for the Assistance of Medium Entrepreneurs - FAEM) and as a Service Agent for one of Haiti’s biggest banks, Sogebank.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and while completing a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College in New York, Jean helped to found the Knowledge is Wealth Learning Center, an alternative education service for low income residents in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Jean is a proven leader and we are thrilled to have him managing our clean cookstove and reforestation efforts in Haiti. Currently, he is in the process of setting up our in-country office, and setting TWP up for success in the coming years. Please join us in welcoming Jean to the team by supporting TWP in 2012!
Zanmi Pye Bwa (ZPB) cookstoves have officially entered the marketplace in Port-au-Prince, where they are being made available to consumers at a promotional price to build excitement around this innovative new product. By way of Trees, Water & People’s partnership with International Lifeline Fund, two retailers have been trained to begin marketing and selling the ZPB cookstove, and three more are currently being recruited to help seed the market.
Over the last several months, the ZPB stove has been demonstrated around the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area to stimulate demand for this important technology. Apart from posters, banners, and pamphlets, a radio ad promoting the stove and its benefits has been launched in the capital, and special events are held to generate business for the retail vendors. These steps are crucial to establishing a sustainable relationship between producers and consumers of the cookstoves over the long-term.
As demand grows, we will continue to raise funds to increase the productive capacity of our teams, and to extend distribution of ZPB products throughout the city. Feedback from both users of the stoves and partners has been overwhelmingly positive, and encourages us to continue providing quality products and services, raising the bar for efficiency, job creation and income generation in the Haitian cookstove market.
Trees, Water & People (TWP) continues to push forward in Haiti, building inventory of its Zanmi Pye Bwa cookstoves and keeping 10 metalsmiths employed in the process. By the end of the year we hope to have a total of 2,500 units in circulation with the support of our partner International Lifeline Fund (ILF), including 100 2-burner cookstoves – an innovation that will be market-tested in the coming months. As we enter 2012, we will continue to seek funding to scale up our manufacturing and improve our product and outreach activities.
For this project update, we are excited to share our new Haiti Clean Cookstove video with you! Please click the video link below and enjoy the show.
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Our Haiti team continues to innovate in response to feedback from cookstove users, who continually request a second clean cookstove to replace both traditional stoves in their household kitchens. Like most homes around the world, people use two burners simultaneously to prepare various parts of their meal at once. Users with larger families also commonly request a larger version of our stove for bigger pots. The two-burner stove solves both these issues at once, providing families two burners in one stove body that is 30% more efficient than a traditional cookstove.
Please take a couple minutes to watch the attached video about the Haiti cookstove project.
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Trees, Water & People (TWP) continues to push forward with projects in Haiti, as Deputy International Director Sebastian Africano and International Program Coordinator Claudia Menendez prepare for a three week trip to the country to launch new operational partnerships. In Port au Prince, TWP has partnered with International Lifeline Fund (ILF) to develop the Zanmi Pye Bwa charcoal cookstove (literally translated as "Friend of the Trees") for the urban, charcoal dependent population. The design of the stove is based on local needs, cooking preferences and long-term sustainability - using local skills and materials ensures that it can be repaired, refurbished or replaced over several years at a low-cost. The goal is to create a quality product that reduces fuel consumption at levels comparable to industrially manufactured imports, but for one half to one third of the cost. The Zanmi Pye Bwa project will be commercial in nature, harnessing Haiti's entrepreneurial spirit to drive an energy efficient consumer product into the marketplace. TWP and ILF believe that strengthening local economies is one of the best contributions we can make through our work. This project will increase families' disposable income by reducing their dependency on charcoal, while creating desperately needed employment in their communities through manufacturing and a commission based sales program. GlobalGiving donations will allow the project to subsidize the price of the stove to families affected by the 2010 earthquake, and enable us to provide replacement parts and refurbishment services at little to no cost. Donations will also help us to develop the commission structure for our vendor program, putting valuable cash into people's pockets that will circulate into the local economy, building resilience back into these vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) communities. Please help us rebuild Haiti from within by supporting the Zanmi Pye Bwa project, and stay tuned for updates!
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