After working with the community in Totota, Liberia, NRECA International helped establish an electric cooperative to provide them with first time reliable, affordable electricity. With funding from USAID’s Cooperative Development Program, donations and volunteer lineworkers from America’s electric cooperatives, the Totota Electric Cooperative (TEC) was born. Today this new electric cooperative has become self-sufficient in less than two years, serving as a model of sustainable power that could lead to more co-ops in the West African nation.
But NRECA International’s involvement has not stopped. In fact, over the 50+ years of implementing electrification programs worldwide, NRECA International knows that it is critical to also implement productive use of electricity (PUE) programs to help those who receive electricity access with the means and knowledge to generate income.
Strengthening the Communities
This year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the team to temporarily suspend the popular volunteer program, but they continue to pursue other charitable initiatives that can continue to improve the lives of thousands in rural communities.
To help communities like Totota, NRECA International is launching the “Empowering Small Businesses to Strengthen Communities” fundraising campaign to help rural communities in developing countries unlock their full potential economic growth.
We are asking you today to make a monetary donation so we can continue to partner with villages like Totota to help create new business opportunities and improve their quality of life.Donate now
In Totota, many have dreams. Meet three of them.
Totota is a community located about 80 miles northeast of Liberia’s capital Monrovia and is a regional trading center. Before electricity was available, most households relied on dry cell batteries, lanterns and candles while a small number purchased electric service from individuals who own and operate small generators.
Today, NRECA International is partnering with TEC and the community’s small business owners to implement PUE programs. Loans will be issued to a new wave of entrepreneurs (especially women) who now have electricity access, so they have the means and knowledge to generate income using electricity. This will help grow their businesses, improve their lives, and also contribute to the economic growth in Totota.
Donations will help provide seed money and investments to small businesses in rural communities to purchase electric appliances and other electric-powered tools, learn how to maximize their use, and ultimately help them generate income and grow their businesses. These businesses can include clinics, refrigeration facilities, restaurants, repair shops, and more.
It starts with power. Now we need your support to empower this and other communities in developing countries. In Totota, several residents already have dreams. Donate today to help us make the dreams of Madeline, Chris and many others come true. With a little help from us, they can build small businesses to better provide for their families and improve their quality of life.Donate now