One Village Philippines

Winter 2017 Poster

Check out OVP's Winter 2017 poster here.

Prospective Students

All majors are welcome, but we are specifically looking for Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Economics, and International Business majors (as well as any other students interested in business). We are currently working on three major tasks: designing a second prototype that will better satisfy our users’ needs, testing our previous prototype for detailed specifications, and applying to social innovation challenges to fund the project. 

The 2017 Winter Quarter One Village Philippines team

Mission Statement

We aim to provide affordable lighting to Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm village and increase the income of the families residing therein. The team is working on improving sustainable, affordable, and easily replicable solar-powered lamps that we previously designed. This device can run independently of an electrical grid and will be developed into a social enterprise run by the villagers themselves. We hope that our project can bring light to the Philippine community during times of darkness.




The main focus of the Prototype Subteam is to construct a durable, affordable, and easily replicable solar powered LED lamp. The design features a cylindrical lamp head made out of recycled mason jar. The lamp head is attached to a weaved basket made out of bamboo. The top part of the bamboo stick is split and weaved into a basket in which the mason jar is attached. All the electronics with the exception of solar panel and photoresistor will be inside the mason jar. The current prototype subteam is focusing all efforts on reiterating the previous solar torch designs to cater to the feedback and needs of the GK villagers.


The main focus of the Testing Subteam is to obtain reliable data on the solar torch in order to create a reliable specification sheet for our first prototype. The subteam will create at least five of the first prototyped solar torch to test the specifications. Some of the specifications that the team would test on are the longevity of the battery, the charging duration time of the solar panel, and the starting decay time of the battery. 

Social Innovation

The main focus of the Social Innovation Team is to source funding for the team by participating in social innovation challenges. Last year they won the Triton Innovation Challenge in the Fall which provides the team $2500 to support the next trip to the Philippines in the summer. They will continue to apply for the social innovation challenges this quarter and begin to formulate a business model for the social enterprise to be implemented in the GK community. 

Quarter Goals


Prototype Team

  • Our goal is to redesign and build a working prototype of the Solar Torch based upon feedback from villagers to optimize for their needs in a way that is sustainable, affordable and replicable. We intend to have at least one redesigned, working prototype made by the end of the quarter. 

Testing Team

  • Our goal is to construct five light heads and run tests of brightness, battery life, circuit power consumption, and charging time upon them so as to determine whether their specifications are acceptable. We also intend to compare different solar panels so as to identify which is better suited for the project.

SIC Team

  • Our goal for the end of the quarter is to apply for and win at least one social innovation challenge, definitely the University of San Diego Social Innovation Challenge, in order to provide a steady stream of funding for our team to achieve their goals. In addition, we will work upon a business model that can be used to create a social enterprise. The business model would include an evaluation of possible supply chains and pricing models, among others. We will also coordinate and work with people from the Rady School of Management to improve our business model. 



Gawad Kalinga is a world-reknowned non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty in the Philippines by empowering small Filipino communities. Their first major goal was accomplished after building 700,000 homes for 7,000 communities. Currently they are focused on providing community based programs to educate Filipinos on health, the environment, productivity, and academic pursuits to revolutionize their economy from the bottom up. 

Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm is the first of 24 planned Centers for Social Innovation (CSI) in the Philippines. Besides providing a community for Filipinos in need, these CSIs act as a foundation for entrepreneurs to start businesses fueled by Filipino innovation and labor. The Enchanted Farm teaches studentsabout farming techniques and innovative sustainable agricultural practices. Together these efforts should have long term positive impact on the nation’s economy and citizens. The Enchanted Farm is also a place where tourists can come and experience the Gawad Kalinga community firsthand. 

Team Members

  • Team Lead - Nate Vanta
  • Prototype Subteam Lead -  Aidin Massoumi
  • Social Innovation Challenge Lead - Kunal Pradhan
  • Testing Subteam Lead- Cesar Magana
  • Partner Liaison - Afram Basheer
  • Finance Chair - Steve Jarvis
  • Webmaster - Emily Yang
  • Public Relations - Alexandra Hernandez

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Mandy Bratton

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Lin Hein