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.
Dumagat Remontados are lowlanders who were forced to live in the mountains when the Spaniards colonized the Philippines. Many of them settled in the Sierra Madre ranges including Tanay, Rizal. The community in Sitio Rawang and Macantog has been offgrid and un-electrified with around 200 families only using kerosene lamps, car batteries or candles. Their livelihood are sawali (bamboo weaving) and charcoal making. We were introduced to the community in 2018 through a Facebook message from the former principal of Rawang Elementary School (RES). Since then, we have been reaching out to the community in their electrification and education. RES and the community champions are our lead hosts for the community.