DIV SOCAP Spotlight: Eric Sorensen, Carbon Roots International
Carbon Roots International (CRI) supports a Haitian social enterprise that produces renewable green charcoal cooking briquettes from carbonized agricultural waste biomass. Green charcoal is a direct, “drop-in” replacement for traditional wood charcoal, requiring neither new stoves nor changes in cooking methods. The business model provides new income opportunities in the rural sector by sourcing raw material from small farmers and agricultural processors, linking this distributed supply chain with a centralized green charcoal production facility and distributing the product to BoP households through a network of women retailers.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Eric Sorensen’s career took a sharp turn away from the media world toward the world of international development when he co-founded Carbon Roots International. For the past four years Eric’s work with CRI has put him at the forefront of the sustainable charcoal revolution. Before learning the definition of social entrepreneur, Eric’s past job titles included: bartender, farm hand, carpenter, blog editor, filmmaker and sailor. He splits his time between Cap-Haitien, Haiti and Oakland, CA.