Haiti is the only country in the Americas with 95% consumption of wood as cooking fuel with 30 million trees cut every year. More than 2 million households still using charcoal as primary source for cooking; furthermore, 12,000 + street vendors, schools and bakeries account for a heavy part of charcoal usage. All this results in more than 4,000 fatalities per year from indoor smoking related diseases.
SWITCH is a social marketing and manufacturing enterprise whose goal is to improve livelihoods, protect the environment, preserve health, create jobs and empower women by substituting propane to charcoal as a cooking solution. The objective is to set a DURABLE and profitable mechanism that allows most Haitian households to permanently convert to LPG, therefore improving their livelihoods and their environment and bringing market based solution to an urgent national problem.