Electricity for 135 people in Colombia



Project uses an innovative award-winning river turbine, crowdsourced in partnership with InnoCentive, to generate electricity for 135 people. A prototype will be built and installed in Villa Fatima, Colombia, where there is no electricity.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Thousands of families in the rural areas of the Amazonian jungle live along the river ways which provide food and the only means of transportation. These populations do not have basic services of water, light, communication, etc., and live in subsistence conditions. The winning river turbine design will be built and installed in the Wanano community of Villa Fatima, Colombia, near the border with Brazil. There are 135 people who will directly benefit from this installation.

How will this project solve this problem?

Install an award-winning river turbine, appropriate for the region, that is constructed with locally-sourced materials. This pilot project will also test a new way to generate clean energy, which can be replicated in many countries.

Potential Long Term Impact

The purpose is to implement a technology that can eventually reach many people around the world who currently live without electricity. In Colombia alone, there is an estimated 250,000 people who live along rivers without electricity.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $3,500

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $3,500 .  The original project funding goal was $28,980.


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Project Leader

Anna Garwood

Program Manager
Portland, Oregon United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Electricity for 135 people in Colombia
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