My name is Duquesne Fednard and I am from Haiti. Four years ago I set up D&E Green Enterprises to help tackle some of the big problems facing my country.
My company has developed a efficient charcoal cooking stove called the EcoRecho. The EcoRecho uses 50 per cent less charcoal than traditional Haitian cooking stoves. Our stove saves families money on fuel, leaving more to spend on food and education. We believe the EcoRecho can make a real difference to lives and the environment in Haiti.
Our first stove factory was destroyed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Since then we have been making our stoves in tents, and those tents were recently damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Thus far, we have produced more than 33,000 by hand.
What We Need & What You Get
Our immediate goal is raise at least US $60,000 to rebuild the factory and get into full production so that we can make the maximum difference in Haiti. With your involvement, we will move from this shredded tent to a factory similar to the picture below.
In return for your generous contribution you'll be able to visit the project, experience Haiti through its arts and crafts and even be a part of a spcecial advisory board for the project.
A majority of the three billion people in developing countries cook almost exclusively with wood and charcoal, which is also the primary cooking fuel in Haiti. Though cheap to purchase, these fuels have high hidden costs.
“EcoRecho significantly reduces the indoor air pollution caused by burning charcoal "
The Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) caused by burning charcoal can lead to chronic, even fatal, respiratory diseases. It has been estimated that the average life span in Haiti is shortened by 6.6 years due to the impact of indoor air pollution caused by indoor burning of biomasses such as charcoal. Acute Lower Respiratory Illness (ALRI), the number one global killer of children under five years of age is also the number one killer of under-fives in Haiti, with ALRI mortality estimated to be over 11%.
“EcoRecho has been shown to reduce charcoal consumption by at least 50%”
Charcoal is made from trees. Charcoal making is therefore highly detrimental to Haiti’s landscape, farming, and overall economic status. On average 0.1 hectare of forest is required to produce 1 ton of charcoal.
Tree cover in Haiti has fallen from 63% in 1923 to 1.5% of total land today. Rapid deforestation has led to soil erosion and severe flooding, thus affecting agricultural yields and spurring more people to leave the rural areas and move into already overcrowded cities.
“A successful adoption of the stove would translate into cash savings of US$150 per year for a family”
The cost of cooking fuel is quite high in Haiti; typically a poor family spends about 23% of its income on cooking fuel. Several factors explain the high cost of cooking fuel in Haiti.
● First, there are many middlemen and distributors that cause a spike in the price of cooking fuel.
● Finally, rapid urban growth has radically increased the demand for domestic fuels because charcoal is consumed mostly in cities.
The recent earthquake in Haiti has devastated and laid bare its already fragile infrastructure. Unemployment is consequently rising and will further diminish the purchasing power of the population, creating a greater demand for Haiti's most accessible fuel.
Transforming the stoves market in Haiti by encouraging Haitian consumers to buy efficient charcoal stoves. If consumers replaced conventional charcoal stoves with efficient charcoal stoves in Haiti, deforestation will decrease, the health of users will improve and family and community spending on energy will decrease.
We need your help to rebuild our factory and bring EcoRechos to the Haitian market place! By doing so, you are contributing to economic and environmental renaissance of Haiti.
Your contribution will not only help Haiti escape the energy poverty cycle but will also help create at least 400 jobs through direct employment, distribution chain development and construction work while contributing to lowering carbon emissions and protecting the environment .
Recognitions and Awards:
Over the past three years, D& E has received recognition for bringing clean and efficient stoves to the Haitian market from institutions that include:
D&E is also a proud member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative and the Clean Stove Alliance.
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