ECONOMY - ENVIRONMENT

The financing of solar power

At least 20 million Filipinos lack access to electricity, and tens of millions more have unstable and inconsistent power connections. HSSi has pioneered an innovative “ACCESS” program to provide rural Filipinos with solar and crank powered technologies for development. HSSi arranges financing through community organizations, organizes local technical support networks, and provides user training to ensure long-term sustainability. To date, HSSi has collaborated with over 40 community organizations across the Philippines to connect about 30.000 individuals to solar power. 

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.

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Website: http://hybridsocialsolutions.com/