Green Empowerment

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews


140 SW Yamhill Street Portland OR 97204 USA


Green Empowerment provides villages in the developing world access to clean water, electricity through renewable energy, and sustainable solutions.


Major program accomplishments include: 192,834-- Patients served by electrified health clinics 6,148-- People with clean water at home 24,140-- Households that have electric lighting

Target demographics:

Strengthen communities by delivering renewable energy and safe clean water along with related health, environment and agriculture projects.

Geographic areas served:

Latin America and Asia with key projects in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Philippines, Malaysia and Myanmar.


* Training for organizations, communities, and government agencies on how to design, construct, operate, maintain, and finance small scale, renewable energy, and water and sanitation systems to provide access to electricity, clean drinking water and sanitation. * Capacity building with local partners to magnify their impact and strengthen their program implementation. * Creates networks of regional stakeholders around different technologies such as solar, wind power, hydro-electricity, and biogas. Through coordinated research, conferences and knowledge sharing, participants from universities, NGOs, businesses, governments, and professionals have improved their skills and ability to serve their communities. * Service-learning for professionals, students, community groups, and families, to engage in hands-on learning about renewable energy, clean water access, and sustainable development.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Green Empowerment doesn't just provide renewable energy and clean water in the most remote places of the world, they also improve the environment in the process. That's why I chose to volunteer at their offices once a week. I love the people that work there, so committed, creative, well traveled and multilingual.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping with a fundraiser in Portland for a school in a very remote Peruvian village high in the Andes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread the word in the community about the impressive work they do around the world

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was impressed with Green Empowerment's mission and work, and the inspirational impact it has had through projects and partnerships around the world. Additionally, the staff are committed, engaged, and highly capable. I think overall it is a powerful organization with a lot of potential.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning about the work through talking to the staff, and reading about the projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help build it's network of partners and experts in order to expand its capacity to promote sustainable development.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoy being part of an organization that not only provides appropriate, sustainable technology (wind, solar and micro-hydro) but also "walks the talk" on community empowerment by partnering with local NGOs and helping to organize community management of these systems! Green Empowerment also trains and connects government officals in many countries on sustainable energy, clean water systems, biogas and cookstove progress for rural communities so that knowledge is shared and best practices promoted. Impressive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I volunteer in the office in several ways and while I'm here, I find out about the projects that are in process, the new businesses that spring up in poor rural villages when there is clean power and water and the trainings that are offered in so many venues throughout the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more staff!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

What impresses me about Green Empowerment is their focus and effectiveness.

They are focused on providing two essentials to those in need: clean water and electricity powered by renewable energy.

They are effective because the projects they drive are run through partnerships with NGOs in the target countries and the local community owns the resulting electricity and water projects.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In each of the countries where Green Empowerment works, there are numerous success stories where their projects have supplied clean water and/or electricity where it hasn't existed before. Having clean water and electricity are easy for most people to take for granted. But imagine doing without either. Having to walk miles to haul clean water to your home or doing without lighting, or devices that run on electricity. Now imagine having access to these basics for the first time. That is Green Empowerment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think Green Empowerment will benefit by getting the word out to a broader audience. The organization has a great story to tell and people will be inspired by the message.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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