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WIL Education Program: Renewable Energy and Quechua Women in Bolivia

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Created in 2003, Etta Projects is a non-profit public health organization dedicated to working with rural communities in Bolivia to establish sustainable access to water, sanitation, and health care. WIL selected Etta Projects as a Women's Empowerment Grant Recipient in 2019 to fund the training of village women and purchase the construction materials to build bicycle blenders With this support from WIL, 25 rural Quechua women community leaders will learn how to build bicycle-powered blenders as a creative and sustainable alternative to scarce fuel sources. The project will not only empower the women to use these renewable energy appliances themselves to make medicinal plant remedies for the villagers, but also enable them to train other women in their villages to build their own blenders.


Amanda Martin currently serves as the director of the Community Transformation Center (CTC) with Etta Projects in Buena Vista, Bolivia. An experimental space for Bolivian and international visitors to learn, create, build, experiment, and collaborate, the CTC showcases model systems for water, sanitation, hygiene, alternative medicine, environmental conservation, and integrated agricultural systems. With over two decades of international development experience, Martin has served as the director of two non-profit organizations. She spent four years in Guatemala as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in rural Mayan villages, served as an English teacher in Southern China, worked for a human rights organization in Colombia for three years, and created a public health college for adult refugee students from Myanmar, in a refugee camp on the Thailand/Myanmar border.

Amanda Martin of Etta Projects


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