GBL Forms New Alliance with Amigos de la Aldea

Partnership will bring solar energy to millions living without electricity in Central America. 

The Global BrightLight Foundation (GBL) is honored to announce the formation of a strategic alliance with Amigos de la Aldea (ADLA), a not-for-profit based in Guatemala that shares GBL’s mission of improving the quality of life of rural communities in Latin America. The two organizations are jointly implementing a unique social business model to provide access to clean energy solutions in Central America.

Amigos de la Aldea (or “Friends of the Village” in Spanish) was established in 2009 with the goal of facilitating community development through grassroots initiatives in rural areas. Over the past six years, ADLA has developed and implemented several projects featuring solar lanterns and home systems, clean cook stoves, water filters, and a variety of micro-entrepreneurial initiatives. ADLA has deployed medical teams to help rural populations and has coordinated numerous mission and volunteer trips.

ADLA has also developed a rural private education project called “Casa de Luz” (“House of Light”) that educates children in remote areas in Guatemala. “Casa de Luz” has historically depended on donations, which has made it difficult to sustain. ADLA plans to further develop its community initiatives through revenue generated from social enterprise activities in conjunction with GBL.

“We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about our partnership with Amigos de la Aldea.” said Ben Bunker, CEO of the Global BrightLight Foundation. “Both of our organizations strongly believe in social business as a platform that can drastically transform the lives of millions of people living in remote villages in Latin America.”

Miguel Sagastume, Founder of ADLA, echoed this sentiment: “Today we are truly excited and thankful to see our dream re-energized and our horizons expanded with the alliance with Global BrightLight Foundation to advance our projects on solar energy access. I am sure our shared vision, values and passion for helping those in need will allow us to reach many more lives around the world and will take us to places we haven’t even imagined!”

Together GBL and ADLA have hired and trained a growing network of Amigos Promotores (“Promotion Friends”) who are responsible for visiting remote communities to educate people on the benefits of solar power. GBL and ADLA have also established a joint central office in Guatemala City to coordinate operations.

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