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Don Roberto, our driver, stomps down on the accelerator but our car continues to roll downhill. We've lost traction on the steep road to El Aguacate, a remote village perched on top of a mountain in Boaco, Nicaragua. We need to get there to interview Maritza, a client of Global Partnerships' partner, MiCrédito. I begin to worry that we won't make it.

Tags: Central America   field visit   Green Technology   impact   impact in action   Latin America   Nicaragua   off-grid   solar energy   solar light   solar lights   solar technology   

In a solar-light illuminated office, Danny Stokley, Green Technology Fund officer, explains why solar lights are important in developing countries.

Tags: impact in action   Nicaragua   solar energy   solar light   solar technology   video   

In Part 2 of our GreenTech series, we discussed the various types of solar products that have emerged to provide lights and other appliances to families living off-grid. Given the impact and strong demand for these products, combined with affordable price points and financing options, why doesn’t every family living off-grid already have a solar panel on their roof?

Tags: debt financing   Guatemala   Haiti   Latin America   off-grid   Peru      solar energy   solar light   working capital   

I’m sorry,” offers Alicia, the co-founder and president of Buen Power, a social enterprise that sells solar products in off-grid communities surrounding Cusco, Peru, “We don’t have any more of that model in stock.”

Tags: last mile distribution   Latin America   Peru   solar energy   solar light   

Light Up Hope on October 8

We hope you'll join us for this year's Business of Hope Luncheon (BOH) on October 8, which will highlight our early-stage Green Technology (GreenTech) work. Your attendance will help support our GreenTech work, which aims to connect families that live in rural, un-electrified areas, with access to affordable energy solutions, such as solar technologies.

Tags: BOH   Business of Hope   energy poverty   last mile challenge   solar energy   solar light   solar technology   

MiCrédito is a new Global Partnerships (GP) partner in Nicaragua that aims to connect rural, off-grid populations with access to solar technologies. With technical assistance and funding from GP, as well as new relationships with Nicaraguan solar companies Tecnosol and NicaSolar, the for-profit microfinance institution will begin offering financing for solar products, thus potentially connecting thousands with electricity that they otherwise could not access.

Tags: last mile distribution   Latin America   Nicaragua      solar energy   solar light   

Empower Africa

As we all get ready to celebrate Independence Day and our collective spirit of patriotism, it’s a good time to reflect on U.S. generosity around the world.

Tags: Africa   energy   Haiti   Latin America   Obama   OPIC   renewable energy   solar energy   solar light