Following the earthquake in January 2010, Lifeline began a year-long stove distribution program in and around Port-au-Prince. During that time, Lifeline distributed 13,000 free stoves benefiting some 65,000 people. In 2011, Lifeline transformed this humanitarian program into a “commercial” one — that is, as in Uganda, it produced stoves for commercial sale, thus stimulating self-sustaining markets and building local capacity.
In the four years after launching its commercial stove program, Lifeline sold approximately 20,000 of its Recho PlopPlop+ (Creole for “Quick Quick Stove+”) charcoal-burning stoves to impoverished Haitian urban dwellers living in Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities. Subsequently, in July 2014, Lifeline integrated its stove operations with a Haitian social entrepreneurship company — D&E Green Enterprises — in an effort to help D&E achieve profitability and thereby provide sustainable access to fuel saving stoves for people throughout Haiti. These stoves reduce charcoal consumption by up to 40%, saving Haitian families up to $220 each year and allowing them to recoup 20% of their income.
From 2010 through 2014, Lifeline provided 550 institutional stoves to schools in Port-au-Prince and Gonaive. Manufactured by Prakti Design in India, these stoves are fueled by paper waste briquettes, thereby eliminating the need for wood and charcoal. The benefits were numerous and profound: cleaner neighborhoods, job creation in the recycling industry, preservation of the environment, reduced exposure to indoor air pollution and cost savings for schools.
Stoves distributed to camps for displaced people
Institutional Stoves Distributed