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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

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

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.

Programs: * 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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.