Our Fifth Kiva Diva: Mme in Haiti (August 2014)

Our Fifth Kiva Diva - Mme in Haiti - August 2014

Kiva is a crowd-funding site supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through the Estrogen Army project we will be investing in women who would otherwise have a difficult time accessing traditional loans to fund their own adventures.

Today we’re celebrating our fifth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship!

Mme is an 80-year-old single mother of 7, and she’s anxious to connect to the local solar-powered micro-grid to get reliable, clean electricity at home.

We’re sneaking our August loan to a Kiva entrepreneur in a little early, because we just couldn’t wait to give Mme Raphael a hand up! Mme is an 80-year-old single mother of 7, and she’s anxious to connect to Haiti’s first solar-powered smart electricity micro-grid to get reliable, clean electricity at home.

Mme is a farmer and lives in a small yellow and brown house in Les Anglais, in southern Haiti. She worries that regular kerosene use is harming her and her family’s long-term health.

Mme still needs a little help!


After running pilots since 2012 that proved the benefits of prepaid quality electricity to people in Les Anglais (first with 14 households, and then with 54), EarthSpark International is developing a full-scale, solar-powered micro-grid. This micro-grid is expected to meet the needs of up to 500 households. Kiva loans allow EarthSpark to increase the number of beneficiaries by reducing the up-front costs for customers, and will be repaid over time by electricity sales.

To see a video of Les Anglais and the hybrid solar grid, please click here:


Want to help us create a little more uplift for women?

We welcome you to join our lending team at Kiva …


If you’d like to assist Mme (or another hard working Kiva entrepreneur) and have your loan counted as part of our “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva lending team, you can indicate that at the time of your loan, or can even set us as your default lending team here:


When you click the link you will see “Lending Teams I Belong To” part way down, and a pull-down menu below that allowing you to set your preferred team.

If you’re not a Kiva lender yet, you can invest in entrepreneurs in developing countries for as little as $25. Click the link below for an invitation:


Thanks a bunch for giving us a hand in giving others a hand up!





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