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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Written by Green Empowerment Technical Manager, Elise KittrellA world powered by poop. Poop you say? Gross, right? Well not for the RedBioLAC, a consortium of biogas practitioners in Latin America and the Caribbean that meet annually to find ways to turn animal waste, human waste and organic waste into methane gas for cooking and a…

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Written by Asia Regional Director, Gabe WynnA mere two hours from the peaceful border town of Mae Sot lies the Karen refugee community of Lay Kay Kaw.In this and other Karen refugee villages, what many consider to be the basic staples of everyday life – electricity, clean water, and healthcare – are still considered luxuries…

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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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Written by Elsa Frey, Green Empowerment Program ManagerWe are pleased to announce that Green Empowerment (GE) has been awarded funding by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WISIONS) to facilitate a knowledge exchange in Southeast Asia by developing an open-source electronic load controller for community micro-hydro electricity systems.Micro-hydro systems generate electricity by diverting…

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Written by Elise Kittrell, Green Empowerment Technical Manager and Steve Meicke, Engineer and International Volunteer Nestled in the jungle of Rurrenabaque along the vast Rio Beni, live several indigenous communities. These communities live off the land, have limited income and are heavily affected by natural disasters. In 2014, an immense flood washed away homes, destroyed…

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Written by Elsa Frey, Green Empowerment Program Manager Green Empowerment is currently in the midst of a project to provide clean, potable water and hygiene and environmental education to improve the health and resilience of approximately 1,000 residents of Maligue, a small village on Basilan Island in the conflict-affected region of Mindanao, the Philippines.Access to…

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Written by Koto Kishida, Green Empowerment Malaysia Program ManagerGreen Empowerment works with partner organizations around the world to ensure our projects are shaped by local expertise. We started working with PACOS Trust in 2001 to build a micro-hydro system in Sarawak. That project inspired PACOS to create a rural electrification program, which eventually became TObpinai…

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Written by Koto Kishida, Malaysia Program Manager and Gabe Wynn, Asia Regional DirectorIn late August, Green Empowerment and our partners successfully brought biogas digester (BGD) technology to Sabah, Malaysia. As we learned in Sri Lanka earlier this year, BGDs offer a creative, sustainable, environmentally-friendly solution to biomass cooking, utilizing organic waste from households and agriculture to produce…

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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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