The community center of Agro-Hortelao
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 Solar Panels on Community Center
The goal of this project is to provide a solar panel for the community center Unfortunately the community does not have access to electricity. With electricity the Association will provide greater assistance to the community. The jam business will be able to expand its product base with the use of refrigerators that they already own. Expenses will decrease as there will no longer be a need for a generator to mix the fruits. Agro-Hortelão is waiting for a bread oven to arrive from Brazil, which will give additional jobs to the community. The bread making process will begin before dawn and will be much less strenuous with lights.
Although it is a very active association, it lacks the organizational resources to move forward. As the Association is currently running two successful income generating projects and providing micro-credit loans to the community a computer is essential. The treasurer of the Association has been taught, by a former Peace Corps Volunteer, computer skills. The Association is currently looking for funds to purchase a computer, but with the lack of the electricity possible funders are weary.
Fixed phone service in the community is inconsistence; most people own cellular phones. The Solar Panel will allow residents to charge their phones without leaving, decreasing another expense. Finally, the kindergarten students will be able to experience additional educational forms with access to a television.
RPCVw plans to donate $1,000 to the project and we need the support of our members to help us reach that goal! Any amount helps-please consider making a donation to support this project. We are raising funds from our membership and through our annual Partnership Reception which will be held June 26, 2008.
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