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Third Quarter, 2009


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A Letter from the Directors
Dear Friends,
While holding up a “charcoal” briquette composed of sawdust and paper cleaned from the streets of Port-au-Prince, Bill Clinton proclaimed, “Intelligence and effort are evenly distributed on planet Earth.” This remark was made by the former President and current United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti in his speech at the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) International Business Meeting on October 1, 2009...

Executive Director Search
We are hiring an Executive Director who shares EarthSpark’s vision and convictions. The Executive Director will be an entrepreneurial leader with a capacity for perseverance and innovation, both as an individual and as a team member. This individual will have an enthusiasm for EarthSpark’s mission and will possess the ability to persuade, inspire and motivate others...

Clean Energy Store Update
Several months ago, we wrote to tell you about our vision for providing the town of Les Anglais with clean, inexpensive electric lighting. This vision arose from site visits made by EarthSpark International and our funding partner CRAN, a Haitian diaspora organization, assessment surveys of 265 households, and meetings with local NGOs and entrepreneurs. That vision – to develop a Clean Energy Store – is well on its way to being fully realized...

On the Horizon
This Fall, EarthSpark International Co-Director Dan Schnitzer will be living in Haiti for two months. The purpose of Dan’s stay is to develop relationships and study successful projects all around the country...

Microfinance + Clean Energy = Energy Lending
As of 2009, hundreds of thousands of Solar Home Systems (SHS) have been installed throughout the world. These systems have helped to fill a glaring void in the lives of the world’s poor – lack of access to affordable, reliable, clean electricity. In addition to the cost-savings generated by switching from low-quality fuels to electricity, it is well documented that access to electricity in low-income areas leads to the improvement of numerous socio-economic indicators, such as increases in small and micro-enterprise income and productivity, improved quality of education and gender equality...

Tree Nursery Update
EarthSpark International is entering into the final stage of approval for a sponsorship from the Quick Impact Project program of the UN’s police force in Haiti, MINUSTAH. This grant will be used to start-up a tree nursery business owned by our implementing partner, a local farmers’ NGO...

Jatropha: Haiti's Biodiesel Plant
In the course of developing projects to fulfill our mission, one tool stands alone in its ability to address both the causes and effects of energy poverty. That tool is a humble plant native to Haiti’s soil, Jatropha Curcas. Known colloquially as Mestiyen, this plant has several unique qualities. It grows where other plants will not, can be used as a “living fence” because it is inedible, benefits crop growth by retaining water and providing shelter from winds, and yields large quantities of plant oil...

Our New Identity: EarthSpark International
In the fresh days of early summer, the InterIntel team embarked on a four-month journey to investigate, evaluate, and eventually transform from our InterIntel identity into something more reflective of our goals and mission. Now, as the leaves in Cambridge celebrate with bursts of red and purple, we have reemerged as EarthSpark International...