The community we worked with on this project is called Los Encuentros, because it is a point where many rivers meet. There are a total of 56 homes in the community, which do have access to potable water but lack access to electricity. There is no local public transport system, which makes accessing the community difficult, especially during the rainy season when the level of the rivers rise. Agriculture is the main source of income in the community of Los Encuentros. Most families cultivate wheat, corn, beans, and watermelon, and some families raise livestock on a small scale.
The community also has a local health clinic that provides health services to over 250 per month, many of whom walk from surrounding communities to receive care. There is one full-time nurse that staffs the clinic and one doctor who visits once per week on average to provide more advanced care. In case of serious complications, patients are referred to the nearest hospital in the cities of Limay or Estelí. Having access to electricity and AC power through solar enables the use of nebulizers, vaccine refrigerators, medical devices, and lights to improve the quality of care and medical services residents are able to receive.