One Village Philippines

Prospective Students

All majors are welcome, but we are specifically looking for students with Business/Econ and Entrepreneurship background. 

Mission Statement

The ultimate goal of the One Village Philippines (OVP) project is to help alleviate poverty by empowering local Filipino communities. We plan to do so by designing an affordable solar-powered lantern. This design project aims to provide a sustainable and locally sourced solution to the issue of lack of lighting at night, and also to motivate social entrepreneurship within the Filipino community.


OVP past team members bring prototypes to the Enchanted Village

Partner NGO


Gawad Kalinga (GK) is a non-profit organization founded in 2003, centered upon seeking social justice by reducing poverty in the Philippines. The organization has grown into a social enterprise that works with partners and volunteers around the globe. By constructing productive communities and sustaining social livelihood opportunities in the Philippines, GK has impacted more than 2,000 communities and 60,000 families.

The One Village Philippines team is specifically working with the Enchanted Farm village, one of the many communities established by GK. It serves as a Center for Social Innovation by creating projects fueled by Filipino villagers, that aim to foster entrepreneurial opportunities that can further develop to surrounding communities.



What makes the difference between our project and other competitors that focus on the need for sustainable and reliable lighting is the third order change component we aim to accomplish. Many NGO’s donate goods to communities in need and participate in first order change. Our team accomplished second order change on our last trip to the Philippines by bringing the solar lamp prototype and teaching villagers how to build it themselves. Now we want to go a step further and accomplish third order change by helping villagers start their own social innovation enterprise that is run and owned by them.

The torch consists of two parts, the bamboo handmade structure, which is about three feet long, and a casing jar placed securely into the structure that holds the battery, circuit, LED’s, and solar panel. The estimated cost of the electrical component of the pathway lamp is approximately $3.50 per unit. Assuming that the jar will be recycled, and the bamboo should be extremely affordable, the cost of those components is considered negligible.

In the past, One Village Philippines has won $1750 for Ignite at UC San Diego Elevator Pitch, and $2500 at UC San Diego Triton Innovation Challenge. We are currently participating in social innovation competitions such as Big Ideas. With the funding from those competitions, the team is hoping to travel to the Philippines next summer and aid in running training workshops to kickstart this enterprise.



Construction Subteam:

The construction team works to improve the prototype (based on the feedback received from the users) to ensure it is durable, affordable, and sustainable. They are also in charge of completing the visual construction manual for the torch.

Testing Subteam:

The testing subteam identifies usability problems with the solar lamp in order to ensure that it properly meets the needs of the Filipino people in the Enchanted Village. They are currently obtaining data on battery charging and discharging using Arduino.

Social Innovation Subteam:

The Social Innovation Subteam is responsible for furthering our involvement in social innovation competitions in order to receive additional resources. This team also works on editing the current lean start-up plan, which provides a business model for working with our stakeholders.

Quarter Goals

Construction Subteam Goals:

  • Finalize the design of the battery indicator
  • Ensure affordability and feasibility by lowering production costs
  • Complete the visual construction manual for the torch

Testing Subteam Goals:

  • Gather data to take averages from
  • Obtain a human proof charge/usage ratio
  • Measure longevity of batteries
  • Study temperature’s effect on the product’s performance.

Social Innovation Subteam Goals:

  • Obtain funding by competing in social innovation competitions
  • Perform Filipino market research on consumers and competitive market
  • Establish supply chain for the enterprise to be built in the Philippines


  1. Eric Richards
  2. Daniel Vazquez
  3. Ian Richardson
  4. Hsing Chang
  5. Rogelio De Guzman
  6. Andrew Wan
  7. Miriam Wagner Valladolid
  8. Mayuki Sasagawa
  9. Elaine Silverman
  10. Aidin Massoumi
  11. Tae Kim
  12. Daniel Ross Witteman
  13. Yuka Okina


Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Mandy Bratton

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Aidin Massoumi

Relevant Information

Client homepage:

Community we are working with:

One Village Philippines – Solar Torch: