International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Dual Degree Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (MBA/CDP)


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Jude Fernando

Second Reader

Lin Boldt


Solor Cooker, Social entrepreneurship, Haiti, Solar, Cooking, Climate Change


In developing countries such as Haiti, households heavily rely on charcoal and wood to satisfy their energy needs. The unsustainable use of these fuels accompanies adverse health and women's inequality impacts. As well as have severely altered Haiti’s environmental landscape. Solar cooking is one clean energy alternative to these issues. Despite its multiple benefits; solar cookers have had little traction in developing countries. Most research is focused only on technical improvements of solar cookers. This paper looks at how the utilization of solar cookers can positively impact the problems facing Haiti due to traditional cooking methods (1) environmental, (2) energy crisis, and (3) women inequalities. The implementation plan developed focused on increasing the use of solar cookers by empowering women through employment in a solar cooker manufacturing facility in Haiti.



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