Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013
This description of Manuel Wiechers Banuet's work was prepared when Manuel Wiechers Banuet was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
Manuel Wiechers is eradicating energy poverty in Mexico by combining community investment, low-cost, renewable energy, and cooperation across the public, private and social sectors to foster social and economic development in rural areas. Manuel’s vision for the year 2025: No Mexican without light.
The New Idea
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They are currently working to create ILU-Centers, customer service/help desks in key municipal locations for access to personalized assistance, spare parts and other services such as battery charging. This is made possible through the sale of the Maintenance Plan which users renew each year for access to these services; if this remains active after 3 or 4 years then they receive a free replacement battery, which would ease family expenses. This scheme ensures provision of the best assistance for users.

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