Electricity for 135 people in Colombia

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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.

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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.


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.

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.


APROTEC, Colombia

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Green Empowerment

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.greenempowerment.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @grnempower
Project Leader:
Andrea Johnson
Executive Director
Portland, Oregon United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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