PROJECT OVERVIEW | MUSHUK LLAMAS - SHAPAJA, PERÚ
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.
The indigenous people of the Mushuk Lamas community are amongst the 2 million Peruvians without sufficient access to electricity. Living adjacent to the protected area of the Cordillera Escalera, members of the community are engaged in conservation efforts and help bird watchers and nature lovers responsibly explore the high cloud forest of the Amazon. With four solar panels at the nearby government school being the only source of electricity for this community of 25 families, expensive kerosene-fueled lamps and battery-operated flashlights illuminate essential after-dark activities.
Twende believes that we can empower the entire community with an additional 24 panels (7.5 kW). Powering an Internet tower and bringing electricity to the community center will help ensure that education remains free of interruptions, will increase the productive hours of the day and access to information and learning. With refrigeration, electric equipment to improve the community's coffee production capabilities, and laptops with access to the World Wide Web, the community will have increased access to economic development.
Twende Solar (Twende), a Portland-based non-profit operated and supported by solar PV industry professionals, bridges the gap between renewable energy experts and underserved populations around the world. Attracting the best of the PV industry, Twende leverages its volunteers’ expertise, connections, and philanthropic spirit to install high-quality solar PV systems at an affordable cost for its partner organizations. Let's go solar, together!
VOLUNTEER WITH TWENDE SOLAR IN PERÚ
To keep project costs as low as possible, we ask that volunteers pay for their travel accommodations (flight, visa, etc) from the US to San Martin, Perú . Volunteer details and applications can be found below.
“A prophet once said ‘Don’t tell me what a man says, don’t tell me what a man knows. Tell me where he’s traveled?’ I wonder about that, do we get smarter, more enlightenment as we travel? Does travel bring wisdom? I think there is probably no better place to find out than Peru.” — Anthony Bourdain