Haiti energy poverty is today a great issue after the environmental disaster the country encountered: 1/6 of their GDP spent for recovering and still a lot of problems are ahead.
The only concrete way for fighting against energy problems is through new fuels. Solar panels LED cost 10 $ and it's basically all about developing technologies that are already on hand.
Daniel Schnitzer speaking with the street vendors to sell his LED solar panel encountered though some problems: they told him it's too expensive and he had explain the product and all the savings they wold have by adopting it... still without having the chance to sell it. He learned that technologies are not going to end energy poverty, but their accessibility will.
Talking about accessibility means in this case two types:
Physical access: these technologies are still expensive for developing countries and impossible for them to order it (no internet basically). We need last miles retailers that bring these clean energy products to the people. You can go to the most remote place and find retailer for charcoal, so why not having retailers for solar panel?
Financial access: They need a loans to get these technologies, therefore we need to integrate financial access in new distribution model, but bundling financial credit with the retailer, redirecting cash flows directly in clean energy products.
We must then be careful when hearing about new technologies, because most of the time the main problem is not the technology which is not enough, but it's the accessibility to the technology, therefore: inventing things is easy, the hard part it to get is accessible.
My team, with the "Bright Purse" is then fighting to teach people that environmental issues are important and that these technologies exist and we must use them!