International Stories

Read the stories from our staff, volunteers, and the people we serve in other countries. As it did for Americans 75 years ago, learn how safe, affordable and reliable electricity continues to bring better healthcare, education, economic growth and safety for people around the world.

Climbing more than Mount Kilimanjaro

Steve Rhodes lives for challenges. As the CEO of the Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) he leads an organization of 140 employees, and serves more than 48,000 members in Walton, Okaloosa, Holmes and Santa Rosa counties in the Florida panhandle. Additionally, he is responsible for a utility services subsidiary
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May Edition: NRECA International Activities

NRECA International will help Kenya reach its full potential as the largest economy in East Africa. The team has been contracted to prepare and implement a new national electrification strategy that can rapidly provide access to millions of people living in the rural areas of the country.
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Isabel Justiniano Ramirez, Dos de Junio, Bolivia

Isabel lives in a small wooden house on a muddy dirt road in Dos de Junio, a small village in northern Bolivia. The gaps between the irregularly cut boards that form the house’s exterior walls provide
a bit of ventilation to the otherwise windowless dwelling, but also give free reign to the mosquitos, especially when h
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Bringing Light and Hope to Bolivia

“Living without light is like being blind,” said Ana Maria Escobar, a member of the Dos de Junio community.” Through a translator, she spoke with a team from the Missouri and Oklahoma statewide associations earlier
this year. This summer, a team of volunteer linemen and engineers from these two states will
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Ethiopia: The Big Picture

Once the face of poverty and hunger, Ethiopia is now one of the fastest growing economies in the world. And with 100 million people, Ethiopia will soon be one of the ten most populous nations on the planet. For the last decade, the country has been experiencing an average annual economic growth rate of 10 percent. Whil
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January Edition: NRECA International Activities
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Beyond the Grid in Liberia

An NRECA International project emphasizes renewable generation In powering rural towns. Read the full story on the RE Magazine website.
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New Perspectives: A Conversation with Sheldon Petersen,
Chief Executive Officer, CFC

As CEO of CFC and NCSC for 20 years, Sheldon Petersen spends approximately 180 days a year on the road. He meets with NRECA member co-ops around the country to share and discover ideas on how CFC can help them serve their members. An electric co-op veteran and a dedicated supporter of NRECA International, Sheldon added
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October Edition: NRECA International Activities
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