In the past, all education and activities took place with limited access to electricity, aside from the occasional power supplied by a diesel generator. The nearest power line lies 5 km down the mountain in the closest town. That changed in late August of 2019, as Twende staff and a team of 12 volunteers (from three countries!) traveled to Durissy to empower education for hundreds of Haitian students. Armed with the technical know-how, donated supplies and spirit, these volunteers lived and worked alongside community members for a week in order to install and train locals on the benefits of solar energy for their schools.
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This Indigenous Peoples Day Twende Solar is thrilled to announce an update from the Mushuk Lamas community in northeastern Peru where Twende completed an 7.3kW off-grid solar array with energy storage in early 2019: The nearby municipality of Shapaja provided funding for an additional project to distribute electricity to all of the individual homes in the Mushuk Lamas community from the system Twende built!
We spoke with Ben, a volunteer on the Maya Jaguar School installation, about his inspiration for volunteering and experience traveling in rural Guatemala.