Through Hybrid Social Solutions, YPO Gold member Jim Ayala spurs development in impoverished rural communities by distributing solar lighting and water purifiers.
Twenty-five million Filipinos live without electricity and more than 17 million drink unsafe water. Air pollution from indoor cooking kills more children under age 5 than any disease and over two-thirds of all Filipinos die without seeing a doctor.
Jim Ayala believed these statistics could no longer be tolerated. Aware that a lack of access to basic resources was trapping communities in a cycle of poverty, illness and environmental damage, Jim took up the challenge and founded Hybrid Social Solutions (HSSi). A Filipino public service-oriented company, its mission is to end poverty and spur development in marginalized and impoverished rural communities by distributing innovative products such as solar lighting and water purifiers. The company ensures continuous access to high-quality good and services for basic development by building “hybrid value chains” with like-minded partners “We have 25 million people in the Philippines with no electricity, and we want to electrify every single household,” Jim says.
During Hybrid Social Solutions’ first six months, some 5,000 solar lamps were sold, connecting 25,000 people to solar energy. These simple lamps keep bats and vermin from destroying viable crops, which means not only a better harvest for farmers and a better life for their families, but hope, opportunity and the promise of a sustainable future for their communities. The lamps allow school children to study more and for their families to save significantly (4060 pesos, or 70 euros) each month by using less kerosene.