In rural areas of Haiti, residents have trouble accessing cheap and reliable electricity. Limyè Pa w – founded by three social entrepreneurs – is trying to change that by setting up an electrical grid that uses discarded corn cobs as its fuel source. Ben Shell, one of the company’s co-founders, talks about the technology, the Haitian people and the challenges of building a sustainable enterprise in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Below is an edited transcript of the conversation.
Knowledge@Wharton: Our guest today is Ben Shell, co-founder of Limyè Pa w — a rural electrification social business startup in Haiti. Ben, thank you so much for joining us today. via Knowledge@Wharton.