International Impact Stories

A year after the devastating earthquake, Nepali people are still moving from rubble to reconstruction. Now, GRID’s International Program is leading a project to bring solar to one of the most impacted communities, the mountain village of Dhapsung. GRID is partnering with Digo Bikas Institute to apply a sustainable development approach to transform Dhapsung, Nepal with the power of electricity. Read on to learn more about the Power Up Nepal project and see how community development can be catalyzed by solar energy.
Eddy Matute of El Guaylo, Nicaragua reflects on how his life has changed since solar was installed on the school in his community.
Asucena Mendoza reflects on her journey to become a teacher in El Delirio, and how solar has impacted her classroom and community.
My name is Karelia Tercero. This is a short story about how I became the first female solar technician for GRID Alternatives in Nicaragua.
Sonia Diaz, former Field Project Manager for GRID's Nicaragua office, tells the story of an inspiring student she met in Matagalpa.
David Green recently participated in his first volunteer trip to install solar in rural Nicaragua. Read his guest blog about his experience installing an off-grid solar system on a Nicaragua school!
In March 2015, 36 employee volunteers from Viridian travelled with us to the remote community of Platanal, Boaco, Nicaragua to help us light up 40 homes.
Nine Nicaraguan women joined GRID Alternatives and community members of El Guayo, Nicaragua to install solar power on the school. The women were participating in GRID’s first Mujeres del Sol project, an all-Nicaraguan, all-women installation event to both educate and inspire local women in the energy field, and bring power to a community yearning for access to more education and opportunities for themselves and their children.
Colleen Smith has been on five volunteer trips to install solar in Nicaragua, and can't wait to return. Read her guest blog about her experience installing a solar powered drip irrigation system for a Nicaraguan farmer!
In Nicaragua last year, I joined a team of strangers as we traveled to the small Central American country to install solar for a rural village and see another part of the world with the GRID Alternatives International Program. Throughout the week people commented on “Nica time” warning us not to worry if things didn’t always follow the prescribed path. Over the week we all learned to let go and give the schedule over to the circumstance, to let the days flow uninhibited, to laugh, to work hard, and to understand that what will be, will be. It was a powerful experience to see a transformation as the group settled in with a different culture and concept of time.