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 in their community which offers classes up to the sixth grade level.
In October 2019, local Nicaraguan participants traveled with GRID Alternatives International Program to the rural community of San José de Torrez to work alongside community members and 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 have relied on kerosene lamps and candles for lighting. Access to clean reliable electricity will now provide families with safer, higher quality lighting for reading and studying at night, and the ability to plug in electric appliances that give families better access to news, entertainment, and income generating opportunities.