Haiti is a tough place to do business. The impoverished Caribbean nation ranks 181 of 190 countries analyzed by the World Bank. The cookstove business is tough, too. No one has built a profitable cookstove company at scale, even with subsidies. So why would anyone start a business making and selling cleaner cookstoves in Haiti?
Compete Caribbean host regional dialogue on competitiveness
The Compete Caribbean Regional Dialogue held at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Tuesday November 22, provided an opportunity for donors and beneficiaries of the Program to reflect on its execution over the past six year, network and build a case for or against a phase two of the program.
In the latest of a series about remarkable companies, Making It speaks to the director
of a Haitian company manufacturing cookstoves that require half the amount of charcoal needed by traditional stoves.
Disaster struck Haitian stove-maker Duquesne Fednard only a week after his workers were trained and ready to start production.
Stove – modeled after ones used in Ghana – uses 50 percent less charcoal than traditional Haitian cooking stove and can reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
In Haiti, where 80 percent of the country’s 10 million people live on less than $2 a day, every dollar counts.
That’s what Haitian social entrepreneur Duquesne Fednard had in mind nearly three years ago when his company, D&E Green Enterprises, started to make energy-efficient charcoal stoves in the Caribbean nation.
D&E Green Enterprises has sold more than 30,000 of its energy-efficient cookstoves in Haiti in the past three years, despite being hit hard by the Haiti earthquake and a hurricane. D&E was one of the winners of the awards for energy innovators from Small Island Developing States, supported by the World Bank and ESMAP, at the 2013 Ashden Awards.
On 20 June 2013 Duquesne Fednard, Ashden Award winner and CEO of Haitian cookstoves business D&E Green Enterprises appeared alongside the World Bank’s S Vijay Iyer on the BBC’s Business Matters programme to talk about the energy challenges facing small island states. All audio copyright BBC World Service.
On 20 June 2013 Duquesne Fednard, Ashden Award winner and CEO of Haitian cookstoves business D&E Green Enterprises, made an appearance on the World Service’s flagship programme World Business Report. Here, Duquesene talks to about the enormous challenges facing Haiti and his business. All audio copyright BBC World Service.
A US-educated Haitian entrepreneur is being recognised in London this week for the development of a clean, inexpensive cooking stove designed to improve the lives of ordinary Haitians while helping preserve the country’s remaining forests.Duqeusne Fernand is a finalist in this week’s Ashden Awards, recognising individuals and organisations that are “cutting carbon, reducing poverty and improving lives.”