Photo voltaic Panels Will Carry to 46 Tico Indigenous Households of Conte Burica

Forty-six Ngöbe indigenous families from Conte Burica will have electricity thanks to the donation of Solar panels for their homes. This is a project that aims to deploy a total of 106 of these devices in the communities of Alto Rio Claro and progress In the south of the country.

“These solar panels benefit families with teenage boys, girls and high school students as it is sometimes difficult for them to attend school due to lack of electricity,” said local development association president Roberto Guerra.

The remaining 60 solar panels will be distributed to families Alto Corona, Campo Verde, Las Palmas, Alto Guaymí and White stick, which is delivered by helicopter due to the difficulty of reaching the area.

This project is part of an alliance between the National Distance State University (UNED) and the Mixed Institute for Social Assistance (IMAS), which aims to supply 300 indigenous families in different parts of the Costa Rican territory with these power generation devices.

The initiative dates back to 2017 when the higher education institution asked three indigenous women from these communities to travel to India and train to install solar panels. In turn, they will be responsible for passing the knowledge on to other indigenous members so they can learn to operate these devices.

The Costa Rican women were at Barefoot College, a company that has trained 750 solar engineers and has benefited 1,300 communities across continents. In Latin America it works with 17 countries. The first 70 solar engineers in the region provided electricity to more than 11,000 people. The investment of this project by IMAS was 33,178,000 ¢.

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