The PPAF team of David Stillman, Executive Director, and Tom Setchel, Senior Fellow / Energy Consultant, traveled to Haiti to work with D&E Green Enterprise staff members including Al Shelton, Manufacturing Manager, to complete stove production and carry out a second kitchen use test of the Recho EcoVit ethanol stove. They also met with government officials, guildive (distillery) owners, business people, researchers and academics, in preparation for developing a business plan under the UN Environment Programme grant. UNEP Programme Officer Katrine Sorensen and two student researchers met with the group at D&E Green to discuss, among other things, crowdsourcing funding for development projects.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) invited PPAF to present its current work at a forum on Sustainable Cooking in Haiti (See agenda, below). PPAF and D&E Green made a joint presentation on development of the Recho EcoVit ethanol cookstove.
United Nations Environment Programme Grant Expanding Our Work in Haiti
We are pleased to announce that the United Nations Environment Programme awarded PPAF a grant in May 2015, to expand our work in Haiti on Ethanol Cookstoves and Fuel. Since 2014 PPAF has worked with D&E Green Enterprises, an award-winning Haitian company that manufactures and sells "improved" cookstoves that burn less charcoal or wood than traditional stoves. The grant enables PPAF and D&E Green to refine the design of the new ethanol stove, test it with potential customers and develop a business plan for commercial rollout. PPAF personnel visited Haiti in late May to get this stage of our work underway. Since then, the partners have carried out a kitchen use test, developed marketing materials, and administered surveys concerning stove use. Working with women is an important component - in the refinement, testing and entrepreneurship phases. Women make up 75% of D&E's 100 stove distributors.
A PPAF team will work with D&E Green in September to carry out the second kitchen test and improved stove and to take steps toward the development of a business plan. Below: The team at the D&E Factory, with David Stillman and Tom Setchel of PPAF.
Thanks to all those who gave at the Give Local Westchester & Putnam 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. (noon Tuesday May 5 - noon Wednesday May 6). In addition to those who gave online, others sent checks. These funds will assist our project in Haiti, where community field testing is set to begin in the next few weeks.
December 2014 Look at the new ethanol stove designed by PPAF and its partner, D&E Green Enterprises. The improved prototype was created with your financial assistance and made ready for a first run in 2015 of manufacture and testing with a pilot group of families!
Cookstoves, Distilleries and Increasing Production in Haiti
PPAF teams worked in Haiti from September 15 through the 23rd, and again from October 19 through the 27th, 2013. They met with Inter-American Development Bank officials, government officials, farmers and distillers and community organizations including women's groups in Leogane, and several organizations in Jacmel. The teams focused on use and testing of cookstoves, research on existing practices in distilleries and their potential for increasing production of high-proof ethanol, and on market studies for ethanol cookstoves and fuel.
David Stillman participated in the Workshop to Develop a National Energy Action Plan for Haiti on December 10 at the invitation of the Inter-American Development Bank. He presented the findings of a consultancy undertaken for the Bank from September to November 2013.
Go to the Eventssection to learn about PPAF activities in June (in Washington, DC and London, UK) and July (in Haiti).
The photos below were taken as part of PPAF's contract with the Inter-American Development Bank.
How You Can Participate
A hot food street vendor
You can become part of our effort to help Haiti transform from reliance on wood and charcoal to clean fuels. Pilot implementation of the Haiti Cookstoves and Fuel Alternatives project began in September. The PPAF team's third trip to Haiti took place from January 16 to 23, 2013. Team members included David Stillman. PPAF Executive Director, George Garland, PPAF Board Member, and Fritz Clairvil, of Path To Haiti Business Consulting LLC and SimACT, Inc.
In Haiti 75 % of total energy use is wood and charcoal for cooking. This has contributed to massive deforestation, leading to erosion and hurricane mudslides. Fumes from the four million tons of firewood Haitians consume each year produce health hazards, especially for women and children, and reinforce the cycle of poverty. Clean-burning cookstoves will help solve these problems and will help improve the lives and well-being of many. The hot food street vendor pictured above spoke with us about how happy she would be if she could cook with a cleaner fuel. Many others have echoed this hope.
The Public-Private Alliance Foundation and several partners are leading pilot projects in Jacmel and Leogane that are laying the basis for major changes in how people cook in Haiti. Time-tested boat and leisure camping alcohol (ethanol) stoves made by Dometic AB and promoted by Project Gaia, Inc., plus high-proof alcohol distilled from Haitian sugarcane, are combining to meet a latent demand in households and small business to exit the poverty-disease-deforestation trap of cooking with charcoal.
PPAF’s prior research, hosting of seminars and other preparations have brought a focus to the potential of bioenergy in developing countries. Consultations with Project Gaia, collaboration with Path To Haiti Busines Consulting Firm, LLC and SImACT Inc., networking with others, and fundraising for project work in Haiti are now bearing fruit. Pilot implementation is now taking place with the first of 1,300 Dometic cookstoves that Project Gaia imported as humanitarian items after the 2010 earthquake.
PPAF has also funded a briquette press created by Konbit Pou Ayiti (KONPAY), through Social Tap, Inc. The resulting briquettes, created from organic or agricultural by-products, are used in improved-efficiency charcoal stoves.
How You Can Help: PPAF has received initial project support from the Community Church of New York - Unitarian Universalist, from the Rotary Club of New York, from Participant Media, from Resource Furniture and from private donors. Additional funds are needed. Please help support this project by donating generously online - see the Donate buttons to the right or go to our What You Can Do page.
The Public Private Alliance Foundation is committed to improving lives through creating linkages with partners to help reduce poverty and help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. Energy, environmental issues, health and empowerment of women and girls are special foci.
We network with business, government, academia, the financial community, non-profits, United Nations agencies, civic clubs, communities and individuals. We stimulate entrepreneurship, investment and jobs in the countries and communities where we work.
Focusing on the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Madagascar, our vision is to make a difference for human betterment.
We also work closely with the United Nations for policies and actions to advance public-private alliances. The Foundation is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact.
It is a member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, a partner in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and a member of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance.
The Foundation brings public attention to important development issues through convening or participating in workshops, seminars and conferences in the U.S. and in our focus countries.
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