In the face of America’s economic problems, it is easy to forget that many people have it much worse. The calamities that have ravaged Haiti are unimaginable to most of us.
According to the CIA Factbook, Haiti has a 46% unemployment rate, 80% of its citizens live below the poverty line and the citizens live under dueling battles of corruption and political instability.
The International Lifeline Fund (ILF) is a non-profit organization that wants to focus on clean water, sanitation and fuel solutions, and they are working on an initiative to create a cooking stove that is designed to burn recycled paper compressed into briquettes. ILF works with local vendors to produce these stoves.
This is part of a two-part solution to the problems of fuel demand and excessive waste. There is a tremendous amount of waste paper that is available for recycling or re-use, and this creates a wonderful opportunity.
Some of these stoves are sold to individuals while other stoves are being distributed to schools, camps and relocation centers.
The other part of this initiative is to create the infrastructure for the factories to produce the fuel briquettes, as displayed in the video. This provides employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Watch the video below to see how they change the garbage into fuel.
Sometimes the solutions start from simple ideas that can benefit a lot of people.
Photo credit: United Nations Development Programme