Guatemala, home of the Mayans, is largely controlled by the private sector with little government intervention. Consequently, the services are often expensive and the gap between rich and poor is one of the most drastic in the western hemisphere. Over half the population lives on less than $2 per day and 15% live on less than 1$ per day.
The Village of Chel, once ravaged by conflict, now powers their own light and electricity, from a 165kW microhydro plant. This project was a pioneer in the voluntary carbon offset market.
The marginalized rural villages of Guatemala, hidden in the forested mountains, could tap into their natural resources, including the power of rivers falling down the hillsides.