When COVID-19 shut down Green Empowerment projects across Latin America, our staff and local partners were initially devastated. The renewable energy and clean water projects we were looking forward to supporting were put on an indefinite hold at a time when communities most needed those resources. However, we quickly pivoted by brainstorming and then executing…

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This month, Ecuador Program Manager Sam Schlesinger ventured to Awá territory along the Colombia-Ecuador border, scouting sites for a potential PV solar project. He hiked through mountainous terrain with prospective local partners and indigenous leaders who hope to bring light to schools in six Awá communities. Basic services are limited in this area, in fact,…

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Located in remote southwestern Colombia within the Mayasquer Awá-indigenous territory, the town of Tallambi shares many environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic characteristics with neighboring Chical, just across the border-defining San Juan River in Ecuador. However, the suspension bridge between the two communities marks a stark difference in public services. Chical’s population benefits from paved roads, recreation…

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