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Smart Villages News 109 - We Hear You Latin America

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Dear Blue Blue,

By coincidence last week just as Smart Villages was holding our opening workshop for the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico region, we received an impassioned plea from Julio Eisman of Fundación ACCIONA Microenergía. Systematically I look for news in the Americas section of your newsletter but I do not find any new about off grid electrification concerning Latin America. All the news in Americas section end in USA. Could be really that the real Americas is the Dark Region? That nearly 30 million Latin Americans without electricity do not count, they are invisible? Rest assured Julio they do count. We have already held several workshops in the region - Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and now Dominican Republic - and will do our best to keep you and our other readers updated on them and other relevant news.

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