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Solar power for the poor in the Philippines

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Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
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Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines
Solar power for the poor in the Philippines

Our campaign to light up the slums of Manila is coming to an end! A very big thank you to our 39 generous donors who have collected 100% of our goal! Many thanks also to GlobalGiving for the matching funds it brought to our collection.

ATECO, Entrepreneurs du Monde energy access program, will be able to bring light to 240 new families in the slums of Manila. This project is having a rapid effect on: 1. families: they benefit from healthy, quality lighting, and are able to save; 2. fitters and collectors: they have an income and are proud to be involved in improving their neighbours' quality of life; 3. the environment: this is no longer polluted by greenhouse gas emissions and spent batteries.

A huge thank you to every one of YOU !

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Willie and Remedios - Ateco
Willie and Remedios - Ateco

An entrepreneurial couple boosted by a reliable and economical lighting system !

Willie was born on Negros island and arrived in the capital at the age of 17, looking for a job. He met Remedios and the couple’s success story is their four children. This family inspired them to fulfil their dreams: becoming owners of a vulcanisation workshop and a carinderia (street restaurant).


Lack of electricity was a major problem

It wasn’t easy to start with. Their electricity was provided by an enormous battery which was both polluting and defective, it meant the carinderia could not be open on a 24 hour basis. They often had to finish the night by candlelight which was dangerous and inefficient. Furthermore, this second-rate light source was very costly.
Fortunately, two years ago Willie and Remedios met Marcy who worked for ATE Co.

Marcy helped them acquire two solar kits, each one supplying three lights, a radio and a recharging point for their telephones.

Willie can now work to background music, but above all, Remedios has taken on two employees thanks to her increased income and the savings from the two solar kits: 100 pesos a day!

A bright future

Thanks to the savings they are making, Willie and Remedios are very proud to be able, when the time comes, to offer their four children, two boys and two girls, the means to continue their studies.
They also have another dream, to be able to buy a house, large enough to accommodate their family comfortably and a grocery store which will provide a third source of income.

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As you know, we launched our first crowdfunding campaign on the famous American GlobalGiving platform. We aimed to raise $5,000 before October to light up 600 families in the slums of Manila.

We have not achieved this objective, but the adventure does not stop there! Indeed, our contact on GlobalGiving gave us this excellent news: to thank the donors for their generosity and congratulate us on our investment, he gives us permanent access to the platform!

This new opportunity is possible thanks to you! THANK YOU so much!

THANK YOU very much also for your donation : we can already support 140 families!

The adventure goes on : please share the good news to your network so they can contribute to this campaign and give light to more poor families from the Philippines !

THANK YOU!

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Solene Gondrexon
Solene Gondrexon

STATEMENT made on 28. 03. 2017 on Les Echos Start

Armed with a business school diploma, Solène Gondrexon, 25 years of age, decided to start working for a social enterprise NGO. Today she is Project Manager for ATE Co, the access to energy programme set up by Entrepreneurs du Monde in the Philippines. Delighted, she has absolutely no regrets!

"My taste for entrepreneurship stems from my temperament: inquisitive, and with a range of interests, I have always wanted to do unusual things. I chose to attend the Neoma business school, on the Rouen campus, for its dynamism in entrepreneurship. I gradually gravitated towards social entrepreneurship.

During my studies, I gained experience in large groups, then in startups in France and abroad. In this way I found out about social entrepreneurship projects and met their founders, who were a great inspiration to me. The thing I like about entrepreneurship is its adventurous side, the risk-taking.

Working in Manila, bringing light to the poorest people

Upon gaining my diploma (with an ‘entrepreneurship’ specialism) I decided to join Entrepreneurs du Monde, the NGO which incubates social enterprises in developing countries. Today I am in charge of their access to energy programme in Manila in the Philippines.

Over there, a hugev part of the population is housed in slums which are very densely populated, with no running water or electricity. We give them access to solar lamps which provide good quality, safe lighting, unlike candles and kerosene lamps which can cause serious burns and fires.

An innovative social business

We are currently creating an innovative and sustainable social business: a leasing system which enables families to acquire a lamp with no need for an initial financial investment (which would be impossible for them). We install a solar lamp and a meter in their homes, and they then pay for the equipment as they use it, eventually taking ownership of it. After seven months, it feels as if, on a daily basis, I were managing a startup whose clients are the families from the slums of Manila."

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Nolibeth
Nolibeth

Nolibeth sales yoghurts, door-to-door. She was one of the first to be equipped with a solar kit which provides her with three lights and a telephone charger. And when June, the animator, heard her repeating how it had changed her life, he invited her to join the sales team. The success was instant: ‘‘She brought in 91 clients in six months, enthuses June. That’s much more than what we were doing before’’. Her technique is simple: ‘‘Every evening when it is dark I go to sell yogurts in the local streets. I take one of the portable kits and people see that the lights work well’’.

Nolibeth also helps with the installation of kits and the collection of the fees. She is happy that her neighbours can benefit from a clean and economical form of energy. And thanks to the additional income she gets from this activity, she sees a better future. ‘‘I plan to open a délicatessen and finance my daughters’ education’’.

Nolibeth received a Whole Food Planet Fondation in 2018.

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Entrepreneurs du Monde

Location: Vaulx en Velin - France
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Twitter: @entrep_monde
Project Leader:
Solene Gondrexon
Manila, Philippines

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