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Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar

by BonZeb, Inc
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar

Summary

We currently lease 319 acres outside the town of Thomonde, Haiti, where we grow the feedstock to make sustainable biochar briquettes, reducing deforestation and lowering the end cost for consumers. You're donations will help us eliminate the need for harvesting of Haiti's forest and lead to reforestation. Our biochar will have a positive impact on elimination black lung and other respiratory diseases. In partnership with other NGOs we support schools, orphanages & scholarship programs.

$100,000
total goal
$89,675
remaining
53
donors
1
monthly donor
4
years

Challenge

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. Haiti has deforested 99% of its forests and continues to harvest a million trees per year for the charcoal needed to boil water to make it less toxic. Without a sustainable alternative the problems of deforestation (flooding, mud slides, loss of top soil, soil infertility), will continue.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.bonzeb.ngo
BonZeb Inc.

Organization Information

BonZeb, Inc

Location: Gresham, OR - USA
Website:
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Project Leader:
Thomas Stein
Gresham, OR United States

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