Incase you missed it, the following is an article posed on June 26, 2012:
Poverty Resolutions Funds Solar Charging Station in Haiti
Nonprofit seeks sustainable solution to lack of electricity in Haiti’s slums.
Doylestown, PA (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
This March, Poverty Resolutions launched a pilot microfinance program as part of its strategy forsustainable development in Haiti. Sin
Poverty Resolutions is working in one of the poorest and most dangerous areas in the Western Hemisphere in order to provide solar energy. The slums of Cité Soleil are located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake.
After the earthquake, electricity became very limited. Only 30% of Haiti’s population has access, according to Haitian President Michel Martelly. In search of a sustainable solution to this problem, Poverty Resolutions has funded a solar charging station that can be used to charge cell phones and car batteries at low cost to the peo
ple of Cité Soleil. The station, installed in April, also increases safety by providing light at night.
Solar stations are a well-accepted practice in Haiti. “We aren’t reinventing the wheel, just trying to do it in a sustainable way,” said Poverty Resolutions’ co-founder Matt Jones.
For Poverty Resolution’s project, solar panels were manufactured and purchased in Haiti. After the initial expense, the portable stations require only minimal maintenance costs.
Poverty Resolutions collaborated with local residents to identify a respected leader in the community to take responsibility for the station. The financial plan was largely determined by the people of Cité Soleil, who advised Poverty Resolutions on reasonable fees for each charge.
The operator would be accountable for collecting fees for its use and repaying Poverty Resolutions $42 a month. Within 3 years, the community would cover the initial cost of just over $1,500 and take on full ownership of the station.
Recently, the project has experienced some complications. Since it was installed, repayments for the solar charging station have been inconsistent. Co-founder Matt Jones is currently in Haiti exploring this setback.
“Even with excessive preparation, things don’t always go as planned. That is something you learn quickly in Haiti,” he said, “but we’re learning lessons. Next time we will do it differently.”
Poverty Resolutions continues to work with the people of Cité Soleil in order to improve their strategy and make the program viable.