Farmers Generate Their Own Electricity in El Salvador

Joya de Talchiga, EL SALVADOR (IPS) – In Lilian Gómez’s house, nestled in the mountains of eastern El Salvador, the darkness of the night was barely relieved by the faint, trembling flames of a pair of candles, just like in the houses of her neighbors. Until now.
Juan Benítez, president of the Nuevos Horizontes Association of Joya de Talchiga, rests on the edge of the dike built as part of the El Calambre mini-hydroelectric dam. The 40 plus families in the village have had electricity since 2012, thanks to the project they built themselves, in the mountains of eastern El Salvador. Credit: Edgardo Ayala/IPS
Electricity arrived when they decided to build their own hydroelectric dam together, not only to light up the night, but also to take

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