The community consists of 36 houses, some clustered around the school, and others about 20 minutes walking distance from each other. The main economic activity in the community is agriculture however, there are a number of families who make a living raising cattle and tanning cow hides to prepare leather to be sold and made into leather goods at the local market in Darío.
The Los Encuentros school had a small 100W PV system that was donated three years ago by the Ministry of Education to allow the community to offer adult literacy classes in the evenings. However, the community did not receive any training on system maintenance so the system no longer worked. GRID Alternatives upgraded the PV system to a 1.38kW system that will provide the school with AC electricity. Members of Los Encuentros agree that given the large student population and the growing needs of the community, the school will greatly benefit from having a larger system. The photovoltaic system will provide not only lights for the school but would serve as a central charging place for cell phones and other appliances. The community is excited to be partnering with GRID Alternatives on this project.
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