Tuesday, October 27, 2015

El Salvador: Geothermal Power Plants Enable Women to Grow Businesses

Harvesting Geothermal Energy (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)

Sixteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced as winners of a prestigious United Nations climate change award. Winning activities include a project in El Salvador where local women are utilizing geothermal steam in their business. 

Women from rural communities in El Salvador are increasing their incomes and tackling climate change through a unique project that uses waste heat and steam condensates from nearby geothermal plants.

Women living in communities near the geothermal plants use waste heat from the geothermal steam to dehydrate fruit for themselves and for commercial sale. They also grow and sell plants watered with geothermal condensates.

Four women are permanently employed as rangers in a wildlife protection park, which has been established in the geothermal field. Through this project, women are able to run a productive business while earning a sustainable income.