Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
We have our own development methodology, which begins with the Solar Cycles. The Cycle is a modular methodology with 6 months duration, that begins with training for local residents, with vocational courses and insertion in the labor market, as well as workshops with local children to disseminate knowledge. Each cycle ends with a solar energy installation in the community, benefiting residents with cleaner, more reliable and cheaper energy. After conquering the attention and commitment of the local population, we begin the plan to form cooperatives of distributed generation of solar energy, consolidating the socioeconomic development, with its own generation of energy on a larger scale, job creation and awareness of sustainability.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
14 local residents were trained as solar installers and electricians, 10 workshops were held with about 40 children from the community, 1 solar system was installed in the local school, resulting in average savings of R$ 6,000 per year (ensuring the quality of their activities), production of educational content (physical and digital), organization of 3 public events for dissemination of the theme. We estimate a total of over 100 beneficiaries directly from our activities to date. We measure and evaluate the impact of our activities through local partners, questionnaires (online and in the field), consultations with the population served. We have forms that measure the level of knowledge, employability and energy expenditure before and after the Cycles, we consult community leaders such as the Residents Associations Board, among others. We intend to apply quantitative measurement tools with methodologies such as IRIS, SROI, GIIRs and other impact metrics from 2020.
Sustainability and future plans
So far, we have financed ourselves through philantropy. Recognizing the limitation of this model, we are structuring a phase of transition to the social business model. At present, we are validating the hypotheses and structuring the test phase of the replicable model, which includes leasing of solar installations (sparing the initial investment of the residents), selling paid courses to those who can afford, among other fronts of sales. We intend to expand the model to more communities in Rio de Janeiro in 2021/22, and to the rest of Brazil after 2023.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am 24 years old and I am finishing the course of Economics by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. At graduation, I founded two academic leagues: one of finance and investments (Impactus UFRJ) and one of energy and technology (Letec UFRJ). Nowadays, besides Revolusolar, I am founding a research project and experimentation in social innovation, and we are first in a national strategy competition for social organizations (Desafio Visagio 2019).