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Securing Loan Funding for Solar Micro-grids in Indigenous Philippine Communities

Organization New Energy Nexus
Category Energy Transition

There are five main project categories: Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as Indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers and community agriculture. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Status ongoing

Seed indicates an early stage project that needs some level of support to develop into a larger funding proposal. Ongoing indicates any project that needs core programmatic funding. Urgent indicates a short-term project initiated in response to a natural disaster or other impending risk.

Funding Level $$

$$ indicates a project with a funding need between $50,000-$250,000.

Timeframe Ongoing

More than 10 million  Filipinos do not have access to electricity. With the country being archipelagic, household communities in mountainous and far-flung islands are normally not grid-connected and depend heavily on kerosene lamps as a source of lighting. Two social enterprises being supported by New Energy Nexus Philippines are working towards helping these communities  by providing access to clean energy through solar microgrids and home systems while capacity-building for livelihood improvements.

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Solar Hope works with Indigenous People (IP) communities such as the Dumagats of Tanay, Rizal and the Badjaos in Batangas. Their startup started engaging with these communities in 2018 by providing solar lamps and working with the community to secure funds and donations for solar microgrids that the households can use for a more stable source of light and phone charging. The next phase is to provide solar hubs that will be a center for livelihood improvement (e.g. weaving using bamboo, agricultural products), championed by leaders from the IP community that Solar Hope will be training and supporting. The goal is to secure funds to be loaned to the beneficiary and work closely with the community champions to sustain the livelihood operations enough to pay back the loan and earn profit.

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