Totumblita, a rural off-grid community in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, is home to more than 100 residents who earn their living from growing crops and raising livestock. Families cultivate corn, sorghum, and pasture and many families raise livestock owned by farm owners in the nearby town of Ciudad Darío.
Since the national electric grid does not reach Totumblita, families use candles, kerosene lamps and flashlights to light their homes. Kerosene lamps are not only expensive but also dangerous for indoor use. They are a fire hazard and emit fumes that can cause chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma. GRID has been working in the community since 2015 to bring solar to homes and community buildings so families have better access to reliable electric lighting, news, communication, entertainment, and income-generating opportunities.
Travel with GRID to Totumblita in 2024 to bring solar to more off-grid families so they have access to electric lighting at night and can use small electrical appliances in their homes. During your 8-day trip with GRID, you will learn about the history and culture of Nicaragua, experience what life is like in a rural off-grid community, help install battery-based solar home systems on homes in Totumblita, and participate in GRID's service learning curriculum to learn more about sustainable international development.
Project Dates: June 22-29, 2024
Cost: $2,500 per person
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