3S | Clean energy access and inclusive development in Indonesia

3S | Clean energy access and inclusive development in Indonesia


Solar home systems and appliances



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KIVA loan: USD 25,000
crowd-funded through 684 lenders

Clean energy access and inclusive development

On the remote island of Sumba, Indonesia, over 250,000 people do not have access to electricity. These are among the country’s poorest and many rely on kerosene for lighting and firewood for cooking. Without access to productive equipment, farmers process goods by hand, which is very inefficient and time-consuming.

Sumba Sustainable Solutions (3S) distributes and leases solar home systems, which can power light bulbs, charge phones, or even laptops for studying. So that villagers can afford this service, 3S increases households’ income by

  • providing solar-powered equipment (such as rice and corn mills, or coconut graters) which boost farmer productivity and saves them hours of labor,
  • purchasing bamboo at a fair price from smallholder farmers, to treat it and use it in the construction of sustainable bamboo buildings.

In the past two years, 3S has installed 2,500 lights, 52 solar-powered appliances and purchased over 70,000 meters of bamboo to complete two construction projects.


Nexus, as a Kiva field partner, raised USD 25,000 through the crowdfunding platform for Sumba Sustainable Solutions (3S), to finance its working capital on solar home systems and Capex to increase its bamboo processing capacity.

In addition to the $25,000 Kiva loan, 3S will receive $22,000 from New Energy Nexus, an incubator and investor sponsoring renewable energy companies. Thanks to this combined investment, 3S will electrify 5,000 households in the next three years, install 50 solar-powered appliances and build a new bamboo treatment plant to meet the growing demand.

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