Carla Estrada and Sonia Diaz of Grid Alternatives spoke to us about their experiences throughout the country, working to bring solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access to electricity, providing a sustainable source of energy that's safe for the environment and also prepares families and workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry. Their upcoming project for the new year, Women in Solar: El Guaylo, Esteli, brings together a team of local volunteers to install an off-grid photovoltaic system in a primary school: "As part of GRID's Women in Solar Initiative, this project gives Nicaraguan women interested in working in the growing renewable energy industry... a chance to gain experience.... While there are many universities with renewable energy programs in Nicaragua, hands-on training opportunities are very rare."
Carla, who grew up in Nicaragua, shared with us the local landscape of the tech and science field–especially from the perspective of a Nicaraguan woman entering a field with a vast majority of men. Sonia outlined her own personal experience as an American visiting Nicaragua for the first time on vacation, falling in love with the culture and people, and later, finding the right opportunity to be of service with her work at GRID.