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Cooking up solutions in Haiti

Canada is providing support to tackle Haiti's extreme deforestation and air pollution problems.

A customer is happy to use her new energy-efficient and safer cookstoves.

One of the 40 D & E Green Enterprises employees working in the factory in Port-au-Prince.

Most Haitians use charcoal and wood as their source of energy for cooking. As a result, the country suffers from extreme deforestation. To make matters worse, only 2 percent of the Haitian landscape is forested making Haiti one of the most deforested countries in the world.

Household fuel consumption in Haiti contributes to indoor and outdoor air pollution. In fact, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves estimates that 9,500 Haitians die each year due to hazardous air pollutants.

The April 2016 Paris agreement signed by Haiti, Canada and 173 other countries, signified a global commitment to slow global warming.. As part of this agreement, Haiti has set a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions  by 31% by 2030. Canada is committed to helping Haiti adapt to climate change.

Clean cooking solutions

D & E Green Enterprises in Haiti developed energy -efficient cookstoves that are low-cost and provide healthier and clean energy solutions to poor and vulnerable communities.Employing 40 people and bringing business to 100 distributors, this company has sold more than 60,000 energy-efficient cookstoves so far. This clean cooking solution reduces pollution, provides jobs and  helps Haitians live healthier lives.

In 2010, Haiti’s devastating earthquake destroyed the factory. The owner, Mr. Duquesne Fednard, was unsure of his company’s next steps. When many of the company’s employees continued to show up for work each day, he was inspired by their dedication, and decided to rebuild.

Support for Compete Caribbean projects

With a factory expansion under way, Canada’s Compete Caribbean program supported the purchase of new equipment. The Compete Caribbean works with local businesses to fund initiatives that support climate reform and contribute to the growth of local economies.

Breaking the cycle of energy poverty

D & E Green Enterprises is helping Haitian households cut charcoal consumption by as much as 50%. This cost reduction helps break the cycle of energy poverty by helping families reduce their energy costs. In Haiti, with the use of this cookstove, families can save up to $150US per year, which is significant considering the average annual income in Haiti is $830US.

D & E Green Enterprises also offers microfinance options to companies and groups that bring this environmental approach to poor households. These groups often provide cookstoves to employees on credit and then individuals make payments through installments to their employer. Sales have increased by more than 75% through this financing option.

One stove at a time, Canada is helping Haiti use cleaner cooking practices, which improves the living conditions and environment the local community.

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