Income Generation

Nicaragua and Honduras are two of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere

More than 50% of people live below the poverty line, and in rural areas, many people live on less that $2 a day

Education and employment are often hard to achieve in rural areas, creating a cycle of poverty for generations.

Chlorine Distribution

Community Based

EOS has set up a chlorine tablet distribution program allowing entrepreneurs to generate income while supporting clean water initiatives.

Income Generating

On average these small businesses can generate up to $150 per month in profit, often operating out of a person’s home or corner store.

Locally Sourced

Each chlorine tablet distribution center is strategically located along main roads and surrounded by 5-15 communities that EOS International serves.

Training & Support

Distribution centers receive training on accounting, business practices, inventory management, and proper tablet storage and handling standards.

EOS International’s water purification systems use locally sourced chlorine tablets to disinfect drinking water. Water chlorination has been recognized by the WHO as one of the safest, low-cost, and effective methods of treating drinking water. Additionally, our market-based chlorine tablet distribution program creates income opportunities for entrepreneurs.

An EOS technician delivers chlorine to the 50 chlorine distribution centers throughout Honduras and Nicaragua. These centers receive the new tablet delivery from EOS, and provides the EOS technician with a report of last month’s sales, along with the repayment of sold tablets at cost. The chlorine distribution centers then sell tablets from their home or storefront where neighboring communities travel to purchase the tablets. In other cases, the distribution center delivers tablets to communities by motorcycle or bus. EOS technicians also call the chlorine distribution centers to receive an up-to-date report on tablet inventory to keep our records updated and accurate.

Fuel-Efficient Ovens

Entrepreneurial

Over 40% of oven beneficiaries, mostly women, were able to start their own businesses.

Eco-Friendly

Uses approximately 80% less firewood than traditional wood-burning ovens.

Income Generating

By baking and selling goods, users were able to increase their annual income by 65%.

Safe to Use

These improved, fuel-efficient ovens are much safer to operate than traditional ovens.

Traditional ovens are made of dirt and have only one cavity to place coals and food to be baked. These traditional overs are dangerous, slow, and require a tremendous amount of firewood, with high costs to both the user and the environment.

EOS created a safer alternative by using a metal barrel supported by bricks and rebar that allows for continuous baking and requires and 80% less wood than a traditional oven. Since its introduction in 2009 we’ve had an overwhelming response from local bakers and business owners. Many women are able to start their own businesses alone or as a cooperative with other women in the community. The improved ovens allow them to bake goods to sell at their local markets, generating income for themselves and their families. By baking and selling goods, women can pay off their initial investment in less than three months.

“Before this oven, I wasn’t able to spend much time with my family. Nowadays, we take our children to school and spend all day at home. I dream that my business will keep growing and that it will not only provide for our family, but also create jobs for other people around our community.”

Silvia, Oven Beneficiary

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