In 2015, EarthSpark took a leap forward in tackling energy poverty, by connecting the town of Les Anglais to their inaugural solar micro-grid. Sadly, the town and our grid were savaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. This year however, the Les Anglais community and EarthSpark rebuilds, as we also prepare to expand into our next town. With your generous support, you can help us provide energy access to the community of Tiburon.
In Haiti, 75% of households (7.5 million people) lack access to electricity and many spend at least 10% of their income on kerosene and candles for lighting, even more for phone charging and charcoal for cooking. In other words, Haiti's unelectrified pay a high premium for low-quality energy services, which in turn, are not only expensive but bad for their health, bad for the environment, and are a real barrier to development.
For nearly five years, EarthSpark has been working in Haiti to develop sustainable businesses that address energy poverty. Through our local brand Eneji Pwop, we built a trusted network of over 100 local entrepreneurs, selling over 18,000 products and services to over 90,000 people. EarthSpark has grown to launch Haiti's first prepay micro-grid and are now expanding that grid with solar power and smart meters to provide town-wide affordable, reliable electricity, 24/7.
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 80 towns in Haiti. EarthSpark works with local community organizations, including local and national governments, to promote clean energy adoption in a way that's aligned with government objectives and with long-term sustainability.
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