One Village Philippines

Prospective Students

All majors are welcome, but we are specifically looking for students with Business/Econ, Entrepreneurship, Electrical Engineering 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, $2500 at UC San Diego Triton Innovation Challenge, $9000 for the first place in the Energy & Resources Alternatives category of the Big Ideas Contest and up to $3000 funding for Basement at UC San Diego. We are currently participating in social innovation competitions such as USD. With the funding from those competitions, the team is hoping to travel to the Philippines this summer and aid in running training workshops to kickstart this enterprise.



Construction Subteam:

The construction team works to build at least 10 prototypes for the summer trip with the priority of quality assurance.  This team improves 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.

Rapid Prototype Subteam:

The prototype 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 preparing the Philippine summer trip, including building a daily trip plan and editing a community-own-enterprise  plan.

Quarter Goals

Construction Subteam Goals:

  • Build 10 prototypes for the Philippine summer trip
  • Finish construction and user manual of the lantern
  • Research Philippines weather and conditions
  • Generate more data of new component and design of the lantern

Rapid Prototype Subteam:

  • 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.
  • Prepare the Philippine summer trip, including a day to day trip plan and a community-owned-enterprise plan.
  • Build a formalized relation to our partner GK.
  • Establish supply chain for the enterprise to be built in the Philippines


  1. Daniel Vazquez
  2. Eric Richards
  3. Jan Eric De Castro
  4. Jiaqian Zhong
  5. William Wong
  6. Lindy Hernandez
  7. Daniel Ross Witteman
  8. Elaine Silverman
  9. Mayuki Sasagawa
  10. Aidin Massoumi
  11. Rogelio De Guzman
  12. Tsz Hang Lee
  13. Sherman Yip
  14. Tony Chan
  15. Hynna Ann Agustin


Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Mandy Bratton

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Aidin Massoumi

Relevant Information

Client homepage:

Community we are working with:

One Village Philippines – Solar Torch: