Local Perspectives Lead to Long Term Success

In my last article, I laid out the reasons why the most obvious water source is often not the one that works. So how can we identify the best water source? At Green Empowerment we use a dual approach, weighing technical considerations and simultaneously working closely with the community to address social and political factors.…

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It Takes a Village: Honoring Our Partnerships Around the World

You may have heard the proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child.” At Green Empowerment, we believe that it takes a global village to raise a better future for all. We envision an equitable and sustainable world where everyone has clean water, renewable energy and a healthy environment in which to grow and…

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The Silver Lining of the Pandemic: Virtual Capacity Building

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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Why partnership inspired me to roll up my sleeves and make cebiche!

I participated in the #cebichechallenge for several reasons, the first was to help raise awareness about Green Empowerment’s vital efforts to bring renewable energy and clean water to rural communities across the globe, communities like San Antonio, Nicaragua and Membrillar, Peru. In the isolated high desert region of northern Nicaragua, the 70 family community of…

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What Flows from a Protected Watershed?

In honor of Earth Day we are thrilled to share that earlier this month the government of Nicaragua officially recognized the “Reserva Silvestre, El Cua,” established by our local partner organization the Association of Rural Development Workers- Ben Linder (ATDER-BL), as one unified forest reserve. The reserve was built piece by piece over the last…

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A Mobilized Community, Río Abajo

By Steve Gretzinger, Green Empowerment Board Member It had been many years since I had last put on dusty boots to visit a remote, rural village in Central America. On Friday, February 21st I was blessed to have the chance to see Green Empowerment’s water project in Northern Nicaragua far from the beaches frequented by…

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Green Empowerment Receives Energy Globe Award for Nicaragua

Many thanks to the Energy Globe Foundation for awarding Green Empowerment with an award for our revolving solar credit fund in Northern Nicaragua. This project was designed to help tackle energy poverty in Northern Nicaragua. We partnered with local coffee cooperative El Gorrión to establish a revolving credit fund to provide 150 coffee-farming families with…

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Today, We Celebrate Women

Written by Kristen Grauer, Development ManagerGreen Empowerment is a small organization run predominately by women. In Portland and abroad we educate and empower female leaders in sustainability – from engineers to water committee presidents to health and sanitation promoters. Our projects give women around the world a platform to share their stories and a pathway to…

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Join us in building resilience.

Written by Latin America Regional Director, Caitlyn Peake Dear friends, It’s easy to feel disheartened when stories of conflict, poverty and displacement dominate the news. When headlines fill us with fear and uncertainty, it can be difficult to know how to take action. At Green Empowerment, I work with people who dare to act and persevere…

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Green Empowerment Welcomes Maria Elisa, Nicaragua Fellow!

Written by Caitlyn Peake, Latin America Regional DirectorCrisis continues to unfold in Nicaragua. Although violence has diminished considerably and transportation routes are opening up, the people of Nicaragua are still fearful of a future that is increasingly uncertain. During this time, it is critical that we continue to support communities in Nicaragua, whose access to…

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