Living almost exclusively off the bounty of the land, the Mushuk are quite familiar with hard work. In fact, work ethic seems to be the greatest attribute they value in individuals they select to lead their community as Apu.
The community takes their responsibility to protect the Cordillera Escalera region seriously and in turn the land provides for the Mushuk. With the richness of the land, their hard work and resourcefulness, they are able to make or grow almost everything they need for daily life.
Though the name Perú means “land of abundance”, more than 10% of the rural population is still left in the dark without access to modern electricity and left further behind after the country’s recent boom of economic development.
Through the dedication and expertise of 15 volunteers from the PV industry and beyond and the generosity of family, friends and industry manufacturers, a 7.2kW system was planned, designed and installed to the high standards of the US National Electrical Code in the high Peruvian jungle.
Our work with the Portland Rescue Mission is helping them save $12,000 annually on their electricity costs, allowing them to rededicate that money towards programming for their recovery services. The future just got a bit brighter for those benefiting from Portland Rescue Mission’s services for the homeless and hurting, these empowered ladies, and the clean energy movement! Together, your support and donations of time, talent and resources helped make this trifecta possible
With more than 230 volunteer shifts for a total of nearly 1,600 hours, it took just over a month to complete an ambitiously large 100 kW nonprofit solar install for the Portland Rescue Mission. Volunteers came together from four states, two countries, and more than eight competing solar contractor shops--all working side-by-side to empower the women of Shepherd’s Door.
Twende announces the appointment of Marissa Johnson as Executive Director.
Learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and enjoy a Twende brew to close-out the 2017 Oregon Solar Conference!
Hear volunteer stories, watch project footage, and learn how we all can contribute to the expansion of renewable energy and create progress for all!
Weathering extreme heat and torrential rain, Twende volunteers recently returned home from a successful 26kW off-grid PV installation in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
We recently interviewed our friends at Itek Energy, a US solar module manufacturer, about their global stewardship and future plans for growth.
We spoke with Ben, a volunteer on the Maya Jaguar School installation, about his inspiration for volunteering and experience traveling in rural Guatemala.
Empower others through a donation of time, resources or your voice
#GivingTuesday November 29, 2016
We sat down with Twende Founders, John Grieser and Brandon Little, to discuss their hopes for the upcoming Cambodia project and the future of Twende Solar.