Congratulations to Duquesne Fednard and Jean Fritz Fednard of D&E Green Enterprises, winners of Konkou Biznis Ayiti 2010. D&E Green Enterprises is a stove manufacturer that produces Ceramic Jiko stoves called EcoRecho for the Haitian market.
Thanks to their ceramic liner Ceramic Jiko stoves use 30-50% less charcoal than traditional steel Haitian charcoal stoves. D&E represents the first large scale commercial attempt to bring the Ceramic Jiko to the Haitian market.
A Lawrence Berkeley Lab stove lab study shows a strong performance by the EcoRecho relative to other stoves in the Haitian market. A draft of this study is available here.
D&E Green Enterprises hopes to leverage Gold Standard carbon credit financing to scale their production. And if the success of ceramic Jiko stoves in other regions is any indicator of potential they have plenty of room to scale. A good example of what production of Ceramic Jiko’s can look like at scale is offered by Toyola Energy in Ghana whose Moneybox stove is now, after just two years in production, the primary cookstove for 940,000 people.
AIDG, via its green business incubation program, will be supporting D&E Green Enterprises as they work to bring similar results to Haiti.
EcoRecho wasn't the only impressive project that participated in KBA 2010. The other five semi-finalist teams each represent bold new ideas to help rebuild Haiti in a more sustainble manner.
ACOD (Action et Cooperation en Developpement) was started with the goal of generating income and promoting the availability of certain services in the communities of Mont-Organisé and Carice. Focal points are integrated agriculture, agro-industry and marketing of agricultural products and inputs. The first product will produce vermicompost from kitchen waste, crop residues and starter worms. The product will be used in ACOD organic vegetable farm and excess production will be sold to other farmers and agricultural organizations of local and regional market, representing 75% of farmers in target areas is more than 10,000 consumers whose majority is made up of heads of families. It will play an important role in sanitation as it uses waste as input.
The Centre de Production et de Commercialisation d’Energies Aternatives (CPCEA - Centre for Production and Marketing of Alternative Energy) seeks to be a one-stop shop for renewable energy in the goal of protecting the environment while turning a profit. CPCEA is planning to market ranges with improved furnaces and super-efficient fuel briquettes to the surrounding communities who hyper-consume charcoal. Based in Gonaives, the company will target the metropolitan population and that of surrounding communities (70,000 households, or 264,000 inhabitants) and is hoping to achieve a turnover of 28 million gourdes, or U.S. $700,000.
K-Rapas seeks to solve two issues simultaneously: using non-biodegradable refuse (car tires, juice bottles, milk cans, Styrofoam take-out boxes) to build temporary housing for internally displaced populations. Units are quick to build and quick to take down, cost approximately $2,500 (but per-unit cost diminishes with larger-scale projects) and recycle 250 tires, 3,000 plastic bottles, 500 milk cans and 8,000 Styrofoam plates. The homes will be sold in packages (25, 50, 75, 100) to developers and/or resettlement initiatives.
Modelled after the award-winning Lèt Agogo, Lwil Agogo will use jatropha to provide a an environmentally friendly fuel source, animal feed and land restoration crop all while ensuring a decent and stable livelihood for small and medium sized farmers. Jatropha oil can be used in modified engines as a diesel substitute (the second largest commodity market in Haiti, absorbing 17-25% of Haiti’s hard currency, potentially US 280 million US). Jatropha shells can be used for briquettes ($60 million US market) and the seed pulp for animal feed (approximately $65 million US market). The initial franchisee (Lwil Agogo Saint-Marc, based in Artibonite region of Haiti) will employ 250 farmers and We will provide an internal rate of return> 20% to our investors. For an initial investment of 316 881 USD during the ten (10) years with a discount rate of 10%, the NPV is close to $166 580 USD (and assuming a low productivity). The NPV is positive after the sixth year.