To establish solar hubs focused on livelihood as our follow-up project after household electrification. Solar Hubs are community cooperatives sustained and empowered by solar-powered equipment and technologies.
Iraya Mangyans are found both in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro. Many of their communities due to remoteness are still unelectrified such as Paluan. The community in Sitio Kalansan, Agbalite, Purao and Jaman has been offgrid and un-electrified with around 195 families only using kerosene lamps, car batteries and candles. Their livelihood are farming, fishing and hunting. We were introduced to the community in 2019 through a partnership with Drops of Faith Christian Missions (DFCM) and Make a Change PH (MACPH) and Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mangyan na Pinagpala (KAKAMPI). They had already successful initiatives such as rice mill, multipurpose hall, communal CR, KKP Mangyan Scholars and solar charging stations. We have been supporting them in the electrification of individual households of the community.