Green Empowerment

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Environment, International, Philanthropy, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 140 SW Yamhill Street Portland OR 97204 USA

Mission: Green Empowerment provides villages in the developing world access to clean water, electricity through renewable energy, and sustainable solutions.
Results: 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
Geographic areas served: In Latin America we have worked in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru. For Southeast Asia, there are completed projects in Malaysia, the Philippines, and along the Thailand/Burma border. In Africa, we coordinated projects in Madagascar and Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an organization which has been recognized as doing so very much with very little. Clean water and rural electrification are critical to improved conditions for impoverished communities.

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I am continually amazed at how much the organization does to bring electricty and water infrastructure to the most marginalized communities in the world.

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Green Empowerment has all the elements I value in a nonprofit. Their green energy projects in third world countries promote sustainability, economic development and train local workers. Green Empowerment is the best sustainable development program I know of.

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Green Empowerment carries on the legacy of Ben Linder -- a remarkable, dear young man who gave his life to help poor Nicaraguan villagers have basic electricity through sustainable micro-hydro. Green Empowerment has taken the creativity and integrity that was Ben and brought excellent projects to more and more people. They partner effectively. They are the Best.

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As a former Peace Corps volunteer, I am excruciatingly conscious of how hard it is to implement a successful development project. Money doesn't correlate with success. Great ideas don't correlate with success. Overwhelming need for the project doesn't correlate with success. What seems to work most reliably is to keep the focus on the human relationships that underpin the technological and logistical aspects of the project. I am such an enthusiastic supporter of Green Empowerment because I feel they are one of the rare organizations that really get it--that development isn't about rolling out some shiny new mechanical marvel, but about methodically building up the social preconditions for success.

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