In the Philippines: ATE Co

ATE Co. promotes access to energy through an innovative lamp rental service

Most of the families living in the Manila slums do not have access to electricity. They use kerosene lamps and candles, which give off little light, as well as being harmful and dangerous (i.e. fires that devastate whole neighbourhoods of plywood shacks). To provide these families a quality lighting system, Entrepreneurs du Monde has partnered up with Total to launch the ATE Co. project.

ATE Co. has set up a rental service of LED kits which are installed in the home and are energised by lithium batteries, which give out up to 24 hours lighting. These are recharged and home delivered for 15 pesos per day. The products are delivered by micro-entrepreneurs originating from the slums, trained and supported by the ATE Co. team.

Opening of two points of service

At the end of 2015, the ATE Co. project started successfully in the Isla Puting Bato and Parola slums of Manila. These first two service points have enabled one hundred homes to be lit up by providing them a flexible service adapted to their income.

Distribution of the first loyalty products

ATE Co. is the first organisation to develop Pay-as- you-Go in the Philippines, a solution fully adapted to the poorest families. Beyond the financial service itself, the team brings a complete service: installing a quality product, training the family to use it, collecting payments and maintaining the kits during the repayment period.