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What we do

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

SWITCH SCHOOLS AND ORPHANAGES

Schools are heavy users of charcoal. Cooks, mostly women, prepare meals for hundred of children in each schools and are exposed to smoke from traditional cookstoves. With our partner, the American NGO World Central Kitchen, we aim to convert 500 schools to LPG. To benefit from our program’s assistance, schools need to meet certain criteria:  I ) location and accessibility, 2) has regular canteen, 3) has capacity to pay for refill through, and 4) will assign cooks to receive the “sink to stove” training. We Substitute charcoal stoves with clean and high performance LPG stoves and provide material for clean cooking and storage
So far, more than 160 schools have been converted and 1000 cooks have access to a clean cooking environment and material. 80% of personnel are women and School personnel is trained on food sanitation and hygiene.

SWITCH THROUGH REMITTANCES

With less than 2$ a day, average household can’t afford an LPG kit. Family members abroad can help the switch to LPG. Transfers to Haiti amount to 2 billions in cash and 600 millions in kind. More than 3 million Haitians live abroad (400,000 in Florida) who have adequate purchasing power and are concerned about the environment in their home country. We offer a complete kit @ 100$ (eco) and 160$ (premium) to be remitted to families in Haiti. We aim to create a national redeeming network with gas stations and other retailers (ie hardwares, food warehouses…) and Facilitate Top up/exchange through remittances.

CHARCOAL FREE VILLAGES

This project aims to create pilot areas with exclusive use of propane as household cooking energy. This project can serve as a catalyst for larger substitution projects; it can also serve as an experiment in order to learn about the strategies of penetration for propane in the rest of the country. It can be implemented in semi-rural areas or in low-income urban communities.

  • Support a substantial number of homes in a circumscribed area, forming an independent “ecosystem” in the substitution of cooking energy from charcoal to propane gas.
  • Provide a substitution propane kit (cylinder and stove) to a number of households. (through subsidies and/or credit)
  • Install a refilling system in collaboration with women’s association in the community to allow residents to have convenient access to propane.
  • Conduct awareness sessions with the community on the environmental and economic importance of the initiative, on the safety standards to be observed in the use of propane kit as well as maintenance methods.
  • Data collection on households’ socio economic situation.
  • “Before and after” survey
  • Collect communication material (success stories) to make advocacy tools to extend the substitution propane to other parts of the country.

Results: 1150 households converted to date

SWITCH STREET VENDORS

Haiti is among the three most deforested countries on the planet. Each street vendor consume a tree per day. Haiti is the only country in the Americas with 95% consumption of wood as cooking fuel, 12,000 + street vendors account for a heavy part.

STRATEGY:

  • Partnership with credit institutions
  • Three types of stoves accesssible for a lower price than current market price. Payable over a year period.

RESULTS

  • 750 converted to date

SWITCH WORKERS

All the studies concur that the cost of the acquisition of the first kit is the main barrier to household conversion to clean cooking.

In the absence of subsidies and credit, and very low revenues, it is as if they asked you to buy your car CASH.

This program is aimed at workers with low but regular revenues. It provides a credit mechanism, managed by SWITCH and the department of Human Resources of the enterprises who enroll in the program. Employees are able to acquire the propane kit and pay by installments over a year period through an automatic payroll deduction.
The objective is to facilitate massive conversions of low-income households to clean cooking. The target population is at least 45,000 employees in the formal sector.

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