Indeed, millions of Filipinos do not have reliable connections to power or safe water to drink. Most of these communities are located in remote, rural villages, isolated in coastal or mountainous areas. Without electricity, communities lack the basic resources for development, trapping them in a cycle of poverty, illness, and environmental detriment. Kerosene, the fuel most commonly used in place of electricity, is a costly, inefficient, and dangerous alternative. Families spend approximately 10% of thier monthly income on kerosene, and 40% of those who use kerosene experience mild to severe burns.
At HSSi, they frame the problem not as a shortage of existing solutions, but as an issue of access. The ACCESS Program aims to empower individuals, families and communities by providing them access to electricity and basic consumables through sustained developmental services. The goal is to establish lasting and self-sustaining partnership arrangements with like-minded organizations to ensure that HSSi products and support services are readily available to end-users and prospective clients within identified target areas.