Community members make their living through small scale agriculture and some residents have institutional jobs working for the school or the mayor’s office. Women in the community tend to hold traditional roles and children have access to one multi-grade school their community, offering classes up to sixth grade level.
This October, local Nicaraguan participants will travel with GRID Alternatives International Program to the rural community of San José de Torrez to work alongside community members to install solar home systems on 15 homes. Like many rural communities in Nicaragua, San José de Torrez does not have access to national electric grid, and families often rely on kerosene lamps and candles for lighting. Access to clean reliable electricity will provide families with safer, higher quality lighting for reading and studying at night, and the ability to plug in electric appliances that can give families better access to news, entertainment, and income generating opportunities.