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.


Meet Guillermo Layerenza: NRECA International’s Project Manager in Sierra Leone

Since Guillermo Layerenza started working at NRECA in January, he’s traveled between Virginia, Benin, Nigeria, and Tanzania – not your average commute to work. And now, he can add Sierra Leone to the list, where he manages an NRECA International project that will help create a roadmap for this troubled country to have
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July Edition: NRECA International Activities

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Meet Dana Brosig: The Woman behind the Wheel in Haiti

In 2013, NRECA International began establishing the first electric co-op in communities in southwestern Haiti with funding and support from the United Nations Environmental Programme, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Inter-American Development Bank and the NRECA International Foundation. But on the gr
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June Edition: NRECA International Activities

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Indiana and Arkansas Collaborate to Help Guatemalan Villages

It takes the power of many Getting a job done isn’t always easy. Sometimes it takes more than 12 months of planning, 24 member electric co-ops from Indiana and Arkansas, 28 volunteer linemen, thousands of total miles traveled and hundreds of pounds of equipment. The end result: The provision of electricity to three rur
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April Edition: NRECA International Activities

Good things to come for this small country. A small rectangular country roughly the size of Pennsylvania, the Republic of Benin is located in West Africa, with a coast that is only about 60 miles long.
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A Conversation with Dan Waddle, Senior Vice President, NRECA International

A drive to work for Dan Waddle could mean a trip to his office in Arlington, Virginia or to a meeting with government officials in Monrovia, Liberia to kick-off a new project. Like many on his staff, Dan’s job requires countless miles of travel, the expertise of a seasoned engineer, the dexterity of a politician, and t
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Helping the People of Haiti

In the northern region of Haiti, the sleepy village of Caracol was without reliable electricity. Without power, Caracol’s 5,000 residents struggled, and most earned a meager living by fishing or mining the local salt flats. But now, you’ll find this tiny city starting to blossom, in part because of NRECA International
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BANGLADESH: A CREW TO COUNT ON

NRECA international staff team members in Dhaka, Bangladesh have first-hand experience with electric co-ops changing their communities—the way many American co-ops did 75 years ago. These team members are customer information system (CIS) experts, seasoned electrical engineers, and they specialize in Geographic Informa
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