International Impact Stories

In many developing communities around the globe, women spend a significant portion of their day gathering wood for cooking and walking hours to the nearest town to purchase kerosene for lighting. Because women are responsible for cooking and lighting in their households, they are disproportionately exposed to the toxic fumes from these fuels.
What if the people that energy poverty affects the most could become the leaders of the clean energy revolution?
What if women could gain back their productive hours, expand energy access in rural regions, and earn an income all at once?
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.
Impacts from the Valle family's solar-powered drip irrigation system include higher earnings, more diverse crops, less time collecting drinking water, more reliable electricity for home appliances, no more trips to buy diesel fuel, more income for neighbors, and more locally grown food available all year round.

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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!