About RISE

RISE is a project of HELVETAS Laos. RISE project builds on its experience of working in rural areas since 2008 to develop a participatory approach to improve access to renewable energy in remote areas while providing opportunities for livelihood development. The main goal of the project is to improve living conditions in remote areas while increasing access to modern forms of energy. In order to achieve this objective, RISE project works both at village level with its target groups but also at national level with partners and through networks to be an important factor of policy change.

RISE project actively participates in the development of HELVETAS Laos and collaborates with all its other projects. RISE project also partners with a number of local and international partners, with a strong emphasis on local civil society organizations.

 After a successful pilot phase, the project has started its second phase, planned for three years until 2014.

The main achievements to date include;

  • Provision of grid electricity to 350 households and 17 social buildings through a public-private partnership with the national utility (EDL) and the first privately owned grid-connected micro-hydro in Laos (Sunlabob).


  • Provision of solar lighting to 150  remote households in 3 villages and of solar pumped water to 1 school and 100 poor students
  • Support to about 10 producer groups (both handicraft and rice), including recycled aluminum products made from safely collected war scrap


  • Creation/improvement of credit/saving schemes in 6 villages with more than 20,000$ saved and borrowed by micro-entrepreneurs; (285 members, 66% women)
  • Creation of an eco-tour featuring local handicraft and renewable energy


  • Promotion of efficient and safe use of energy in remote areas with specifically designed posters and trainings and support to efficient appliances
  • Construction of more than 370 toilets and construction/improvement of 6 water supply system for 275 households


  • Completion of 2 studies on decentralized energy including an innovative model to calculate the limit of grid extension and engagement on rural energy at policy level
  • Development of a decentralized energy planning methodology tried in 5 villages


  • Promotion of improved cookstoves in 8 villages including training of 13 masons for construction of fixed improved cookstoves.