Solar Agro-processing Power Stations

Village Infrastructure Angels (VIA), is an organization working to build better lives in rural villages by providing access to the infrastructure needed to reduce poverty and improve living standards. To do this, VIA provides 3-5 year lease agreements for solar solutions that are tailored to local community needs. Based on the results of a range of pilot projects in Vanuatu, Indonesia, and Honduras among others, the organization is introducing a new focus on agro-processing equipment, which has shown potential for a strong impact due to gains in productivity, particularly among women. Through its pilots, VIA has found that women can immediately find alternative, income-generating uses for time saved in agro-processing activities using solar equipment. With current pilots reaching 1,000 households and on track to reach 10,000 households by 2018, VIA is aiming to reach 200,000 households by 2020.

Stewart Craine

Managing Director Village Infrastructure Angels


Stanislava Cabejsek, Financial Manager, Village Infrastructure Angels

Key metrics

Metrics Value
Solar power delivered per household 20-100W
Increase in agro-processing productivity using solar mills vs. manual processing up to 2000%
Number of off-grid households VIA aims to reach by 2020 200,000
"This model not only lowers dependence on fossil fuels, it changes lives."
- The Fire Team


  • Sector: Agriculture, Electricity / Power
  • Geography: Honduras, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and others.

Key Milestones

Low growth scenario:
  • 2017:   10,000 households / $3 million AUM
  • 2018:   50,000 households / $10 million AUM
  • 2019:   100,000 households / $25 million AUM
  • 2020:   200,000 households / $50 million AUM
High growth scenario:  
  • 2017:   20,000 households / $5 million AUM
  • 2018:   100,000 households / $25 million AUM
  • 2019:   500,000 households / $100 million AUM
  • 2020:   1,000,000 households / $200 million AUM

Main barriers addressed

  • Lack of access to finance in rural off-grid areas
  • Reduced manual labour and dependence on fossil fuels
  • Perceived technology risks of infrastructure