Quetsol

Rural Electrification

Guatemala, Guatemala

Guatemala

www.quetsol.com

About Quetsol

Quetsol is a Guatemalan renewable energy company providing affordable solar power solutions to the rural poor living outside the reach of the electricity grid. The focus in on offering micro-scale energy solutions for families and communities who have always lacked even the most basic electrical service. Quetsol’s flexible pricing options and business model allow customers to procure lighting and electrical services at a lower financial, social, and environmental cost than the alternatives – from candles and kerosene to the grid itself.

Quetsol is about two things: providing sustainable energy to those off the grid, and harnessing the power of the private sector to bring about real, micro-scale solutions to those in need. We formed Quetsol with the intention of applying the skills obtained through our corporate backgrounds to address urgent problems affecting our country. B Corp represents a community of like-minded individuals who are thinking outside the box to bring about positive change for their own countries, people, and environments.

Founded in 2010  by homegrown Guatemalans, Juan Fermín Rodriguez and Manuel Tono Aguilar, Quetsol came about as a response to the severe lack of energy access that the two witnessed traveling around the countryside. Each solar power kit available for purchase is designed to provide for these households at the level that they require, ranging from simple 10W kits to provide lighting and charge cell phones to 75W kits that power electronics such as laptops, cooking appliances, and televisions.

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The Change We Seek®

Quetsol provides their customers the necessary tools in order to become energetically independent, thus increasing their productivity and development.  This goal is based in the belief that in this day and age, access to lighting and energy is a critical element of human development. Life off the electricity grid is a reality for around 2,350,000 Guatemalans, but in the big picture, for around 1.6 billion people worldwide. Quetsol seeks to be a leading factor in a new generation of companies that utilize solar power to provide more affordable, more sustainable, and more transparent energy solutions to these 1.6 billion people who most need them.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2012
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Overall B Score
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: Gets some of energy from renewable sources; 

Employees: Offers fulltime employees disability coverage, accident insurance and life insurance; Offers employees internal and external led skills-based training

Community: Works within the industry to develop/advocate for increased social and environmental standards or product regulation; Visited 100% of significant suppliers to ensure proper programs and procedures

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree