The story of our Daniel Cabrera, the boy who studied along the sidewalk by a McDonald’s, has not ended. Since his picture taken and posted by a student went viral, Daniel has become an icon for perseverance despite hardships and chasing after dreams. It has been weeks since his photo was trending on the internet but his story still continues to inspire people.
Rumy Mohta, head of the social enterprise Thrive Solar Energy (TSE) Philippines, met with Cabrera and visited his school after his stay in Cebu got unexpectedly extended because of the bad weather. Mohta Mohta posted pictures of the time they spent with at the school, describing the bad weather as a blessing in disguise because he and his wife, Marj, were able to donate Solar Study lamps to the boy and his schoolmates.
Mohta posts pictures of their visit to the Subangdaku Public Elementary School and their talk with the young internet celebrity.
Thrive Solar Energy Philippines aims to provide alternative solar lighting to “starting from bottom of the pyramid consumers.” Mark Caringal, Principal of Thrive Solar Energy Philippines, Inc., describes in the company’s blog, “We provide a very simple solution that consumers from the bottom of the pyramid can purchase. Affordable, clean, reliable energy solar lanterns that can last for up to 15 years… We want to light the lives of our kababayans (fellow countrymen) in provinces, towns, and Barangays all over the Philippines.”
The company partners with other non-government organizations and offers microfinancing to reach their target market while providing quality products. TSE uses technology from Japan, develops and tests in California, USA, and manufactured in India. The finished products are then sold in the Philippines, India, Nepal, Haiti and in countries in Africa where they also have branches. The Philippine subsidiary is targeting to put up an “assembly and production facility” in the country to provide employment. They also aim to encourage entrepreneurship among people living in rural areas.
Photo Credits: Rumy Mohta, Thrive Solar Energy (TSE) Philippines