We currently lease 319 acres outside the town of Thomonde, Haiti, where we grow the feedstock to make sustainable charcoal briquettes, reducing deforestation and lowering the end cost for consumers. We currently have 26 full time employees, and during planting and harvesting we hire an additional 50-100 people. You're donation can help us eliminate the need for wood charcoal and regrow Haiti's natural resources.
The Thomonde region has over 80% unemployment and an average annual family income of less than $500. The lack of education has left over 80% of residence functionally illiterate.
It will create hundreds of jobs paying $5-$7.50 per day and offering medical and other benefits through the reinvestment of 50% of revenues into local infrastructures, including roads, water projects, medical clinics and schools. We have also designed all jobs to be done at the current literacy levels of employees and through the expansion of local schools, we will offer education to the families of all our employees.
This project will over the next few years create hundreds of jobs, lower the cost of charcoal by 25% - 50%, and improve the quality of life through infrastructure improvements. These improvements will continue as long as there is need for charcoal, which is currently used by over 90% of Haitians for cooking and heating. The project will grow throughout the island, with the goal of establishing 250 small businesses.