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==Events==
 
==Events==
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==News and recent developments==
 
==News and recent developments==
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[[File:Solar_Women_of_Totogalpa_baking_photo_4-24-10.jpg|thumb|250px|Nicaraguan group [[Solar Women of Totogalpa]] prepares baked goods for sale]]
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*'''March 2014: How solar energy empowers women, youth in rural Nicaragua''' - Forty years ago Sabana Grande, a small community in northern Nicaragua, was ravaged by war. Now you will find people sitting under solar-powered lights, eating solar-cooked chicken, and drinking smoothies made by a bicycle-powered blender. Sabana Grande (pop. 2,000), in the mountains of Totogalpa, about 20 miles from the Honduran border, has embraced a solar culture that has transformed the community. [http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0320/How-solar-energy-empowers-women-youth-in-rural-Nicaragua Read more...]
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[[File:Adelante Con El Sol The Solar Women Of Totogalpa|thumb|400 px]]
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*'''December 2013:''' Adelante Con El Sol: The [[Solar Women of Totogalpa]] is a short documentary set in rural [[Nicaragua]] that follows a group of women through their journey toward a sustainable lifestyle. The film was created by [http://vimeo.com/calmdog CalmDog Productions]. Watch this excellent twenty-two minute film, and help the producers receive the Audience Choice Award. Click on the like button at the top [http://www.povertycure.org/library/product/adelante-con-el-sol-the-solar-women-of-totogalpa-nicaragua this page].
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[[File:Energy Globe World Award 2013 - Winner - Category Air|Solar Projects Foundation for Nicaraguan Women (FUPROSOMUNIC)|300px|thumb]]
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*'''October 2014''' Solar Projects Foundation for Nicaraguan Women is awarded the Energy Globe World Award for 2013.
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*'''May 2013:''' The small Nicaraguan Women’s Solar Project Foundation [[Project Gettysburg-León|FUPROSOMUNIC]] has, since 2006, installed 664 solar cookers in nine municipalities. Solar cooking saves money, reduces deforestation, and is healthier for women than breathing wood smoke. The group focuses on providing the poorest of the poor with stoves discounted as much as 90%, thus requiring an investment on the part of the women of as low as US$20 paid over eight months. The stoves can save about $13USD in wood purchases monthly. The program has already received two awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Global Energy Award. Like other solar cooking programs such as [[Solar Cookers International]], the women construct their own cookers and learn how to use and maintain them under the direction of FUPROSOMUNIC. Solar cookers are useful for other things besides cooking food such as [[Food drying|drying fruit]] and medicinal plants, disinfecting clothing, and [[Water pasteurization|purifying water]]. Some of the women are using the stoves to dry nuts and other products to sell. The foundation was formed through Swiss aid in partnership with a Nicaraguan sociologist. The biggest obstacle for the program is to overcome the initial skepticism of the women. But some are won over by their ability to easily and cheaply prepare traditional dishes, such as came en bajo [a traditional dish based on cooked beef and vegetables], that normally require a great deal of firewood to cook properly. Cooking on cloudy days or after sunset can be done on improved charcoal cookers also promoted by the Foundation. These cookers are efficient and allow for frying, which the solar cooker does not. - ''The Nicaragua Newsletter''
 
[[File:Cornell_students_Nicaragua_March_2012,_2-11-13.jpg|thumb|300px|Cornell University students work with the [[Solar Women of Totogalpa]] to refine their solar cooker design.]]
 
[[File:Cornell_students_Nicaragua_March_2012,_2-11-13.jpg|thumb|300px|Cornell University students work with the [[Solar Women of Totogalpa]] to refine their solar cooker design.]]
*'''February 2013:''' Cornell University students working as the Solar Cooking Team, visited the [[Solar Women of Totogalpa]] and [[Grupo Fenix]] in March 2012. The project for this year was to design and build versions of cookers intended for easy prefabrication and shipment. The standard cooker design is 30 inches square (exterior), 12 inches high and weighs roughly 60 pounds. It is an effective cooker, but is not easy to ship, especially with its heavy and brittle double glazed top.The team brought two new designs. A main design parameter of the cookers was to be able to use materials readily available in Nicaragua and with methods already understood. The first cooker used wooden framing, fiberglass insulation and sheet metal typical of the cookers produced at the Centro Solar. This cooker weighed about 50 pounds and used Reynolds cooking bags stretched on thin metal frames instead of glass for the top glazing. Both metal cases were hinged to allow easy folding. The cooker was partially disassembled and packed in a cardboard box which was checked onto the airplane for the trip, to prove its transportability. It was reassembled after arrival in Sabana Grande. The second cooker used interior and exterior sheet metal boxes framed with light aluminum angle stock. The boxes were separated by a layer of fiberglass board insulation. The tops of the two metal cases are secured by screws to a rectangular wooden frame, which supported the door/top. The door/top also used cooking bags stretched on thin metal frames as glazing. This cooker weighed approximately 30 pounds and was brought inside a suitcase. Read more at [[Media:NICARAGUA_2012_Trip_to_El_Centro_Solar_-1.pdf|Cornell University Solar Cooker Team visits Nicaragua Spring 2012]]
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*'''February 2013:''' Cornell University students working as the Solar Cooking Team, visited the [[Solar Women of Totogalpa]] and [[Grupo Fenix]] in March 2012. The project for this year was to design and build versions of cookers intended for easy prefabrication and shipment. The standard cooker design is 30 inches square (exterior), 12 inches high and weighs roughly 60 pounds. It is an effective cooker, but is not easy to ship, especially with its heavy and brittle double glazed top.The team brought two new designs. A main design parameter of the cookers was to be able to use materials readily available in Nicaragua and with methods already understood. The first cooker used wooden framing, fiberglass insulation and sheet metal typical of the cookers produced at the Centro Solar. This cooker weighed about 50 pounds and used Reynolds cooking bags stretched on thin metal frames instead of glass for the top glazing. Both metal cases were hinged to allow easy folding. The cooker was partially disassembled and packed in a cardboard box which was checked onto the airplane for the trip, to prove its transportability. It was reassembled after arrival in Sabana Grande. The second cooker used interior and exterior sheet metal boxes framed with light aluminum angle stock. The boxes were separated by a layer of fiberglass board insulation. The tops of the two metal cases are secured by screws to a rectangular wooden frame, which supported the door/top. The door/top also used cooking bags stretched on thin metal frames as glazing. This cooker weighed approximately 30 pounds and was brought inside a suitcase. Read more at [[Media:NICARAGUA_2012_Trip_to_El_Centro_Solar_-1.pdf|Cornell University Solar Cooker Team visits Nicaragua Spring 2012]]
   
*'''January 2013: University graduate students head to Nicaragua to help FUPROSOMUNIC''' - The students are part of a four-person team that will be helping the Solar Program Foundation for Nicaraguan Women, which supports the country's rural women via solar cooking stoves, to develop a plan to support the organization's efforts to develop a commercial enterprise. This spring, the students will use the experiences and information gained over the winter break visit to develop a business plan and break-even analysis of the organization's newest venture in their Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets class. Read more at [http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_22445903/cu-boulder-students-visit-nicaragua-womans-foundation-learn CU-Boulder biz students visit Nicaragua for hands-on experience with FUPROSOMUNIC]
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*'''January 2013: University graduate students head to Nicaragua to help FUPROSOMUNIC''' - The students are part of a four-person team that will be helping the Solar Program Foundation for Nicaraguan Women, which supports the country's rural women via solar cooking stoves, to develop a plan to support the organization's efforts to develop a commercial enterprise. This spring, the students will use the experiences and information gained over the winter break visit to develop a business plan and break-even analysis of the organization's newest venture in their Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets class. Read more at [http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_22445903/cu-boulder-students-visit-nicaragua-womans-foundation-learn CU-Boulder biz students visit Nicaragua for hands-on experience with FUPROSOMUNIC]
   
 
[[File:Solar_Trade_Fair_in_Totogalpa,_Nicaragua_5-11.jpg..jpg|thumb|300px|right|Women participants at the Solar Trade Fair in Totogalpa, [[Nicaragua]].]]
 
[[File:Solar_Trade_Fair_in_Totogalpa,_Nicaragua_5-11.jpg..jpg|thumb|300px|right|Women participants at the Solar Trade Fair in Totogalpa, [[Nicaragua]].]]
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resources in the country. Girasoles, as the knowledgeable group on solar cooking, worked with Fenix to pass on knowledge and experience. Fenix has in that manner developed skills in teaching low-income people how to build simple, effective, and low cost box cookers. The ovens are made of scrap cardboard, newspaper, aluminum foil and plastic in an afternoon, or over a week for a large and durable oven made of wood and other materials. They have learned, as all solar promoters must, that follow up for new trainees in solar cooking is an essential ingredient in the program, since the cooking method is quite different. They have also learned to pasteurize milk and water, and are working on other techniques for sterilization, using the most efficient of the oven types.
 
resources in the country. Girasoles, as the knowledgeable group on solar cooking, worked with Fenix to pass on knowledge and experience. Fenix has in that manner developed skills in teaching low-income people how to build simple, effective, and low cost box cookers. The ovens are made of scrap cardboard, newspaper, aluminum foil and plastic in an afternoon, or over a week for a large and durable oven made of wood and other materials. They have learned, as all solar promoters must, that follow up for new trainees in solar cooking is an essential ingredient in the program, since the cooking method is quite different. They have also learned to pasteurize milk and water, and are working on other techniques for sterilization, using the most efficient of the oven types.
   
The group also promotes photovoltaic lighting, working with [[Terrasol]], a
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The group also promotes photovoltaic lighting, working with [[Terrasol]], a US/Nicaraguan volunteer project. In addition, they are working to exploit the abundant rainfall, which feeds streams and rivers, ideal for small-scale generation of electricity to supplement that which comes from the national system and often fails before reaching remote rural areas. To assist local people with acquisition of this range of renewable technologies, Fenix is working to establish micro-loan programs like those successfully in place in many parts of the world.
US/Nicaraguan volunteer project. In addition, they are working to exploit the abundant rainfall, which feeds streams and rivers, ideal for small-scale generation of electricity to supplement that which comes from the national system and often fails before reaching remote rural areas. To assist local people with acquisition of this range of renewable technologies, Fenix is working to establish micro-loan programs like those successfully in place in many parts of the world.
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==Climate, Culture, and Special Considerations==
 
==Climate, Culture, and Special Considerations==
 
We came across this paragraph, from a student service learning project, while researching an article for the Solar Cooker Review. The student was working with a solar photo-voltaic company in Nicaragua, where some solar cookers have been introduced. Judging from the description we assume the cookers are large parabolic or box cookers. In any case, this is a good reminder of one reason why solar cookers (especially if they are not the appropriate type for a given population) are not always as readily accepted and used as we promoters would like.
 
We came across this paragraph, from a student service learning project, while researching an article for the Solar Cooker Review. The student was working with a solar photo-voltaic company in Nicaragua, where some solar cookers have been introduced. Judging from the description we assume the cookers are large parabolic or box cookers. In any case, this is a good reminder of one reason why solar cookers (especially if they are not the appropriate type for a given population) are not always as readily accepted and used as we promoters would like.
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==Resources==
 
==Resources==
 
===Possible [[funders]] for solar cooking projects in Nicaragua===
 
===Possible [[funders]] for solar cooking projects in Nicaragua===
*[http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=120 ADIM (Asociación Alternativa Para el Desarrollo Integral de las Mujeres)]
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*[http://www.kiva.org/partners/120 ADIM (Asociación Alternativa Para el Desarrollo Integral de las Mujeres)]
* [http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=98La Asociacion para el Fomento al Desarrollo Nicaragua (AFODENIC)]
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* [http://www.kiva.org/partners/98 La Asociacion para el Fomento al Desarrollo Nicaragua (AFODENIC)]
* [http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=74 Centro de Promoción del Desarrollo Local (CEPRODEL)]
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* [http://www.kiva.org/partners/74 Centro de Promoción del Desarrollo Local (CEPRODEL)]
* [http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=96 Fundación Leon 2000]
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* [http://www.kiva.org/partners/96 Fundación Leon 2000]
 
===Reports===
 
===Reports===
 
===Articles in the media===
 
===Articles in the media===
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* '''March 2013:''' [http://www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordnews/997636-308/bedford-family-helps-nicaraguan-villagers-use-solar.html Bedford family helps Nicaraguan villagers use solar cooking] - ''Bedford Journal''
 
*'''January 2013:''' [http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_22445903/cu-boulder-students-visit-nicaragua-womans-foundation-learn CU-Boulder biz students visit Nicaragua for hands-on experience with FUPROSOMUNIC] - ''dailycamera, Univ. of Colorado''
 
*'''January 2013:''' [http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_22445903/cu-boulder-students-visit-nicaragua-womans-foundation-learn CU-Boulder biz students visit Nicaragua for hands-on experience with FUPROSOMUNIC] - ''dailycamera, Univ. of Colorado''
 
*'''July 2010:''' [http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=359740&CategoryId=23558 Nicaraguans Swap Firewood and Fossil Fuels for Solar Energy] - ''Latin American Herald Tribune''
 
*'''July 2010:''' [http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=359740&CategoryId=23558 Nicaraguans Swap Firewood and Fossil Fuels for Solar Energy] - ''Latin American Herald Tribune''
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*'''October 2014'''
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::[[File:Energy Globe World Award 2013 - Winner - Category Air|thumb|none|Solar Projects Foundation for Nicaraguan Women (FUPROSOMUNIC)|400px]]
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*'''July 2014'''
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::[[File:Bauer- Evaluation of usage and fuel savings of solar ovens in Nicaragua|thumb|none|400px]]
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*'''April 2011:''' Local television [http://www.canal2.com.ni/verarticulos.php?idArticulo=5895%5C&idArticulo1=Las%20Mujeres%20Solares%20de%20Totogalpa&idArticulo2=20%20de%20Enero,%202011 video] of the Las Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa complex.
 
*'''April 2011:''' Local television [http://www.canal2.com.ni/verarticulos.php?idArticulo=5895%5C&idArticulo1=Las%20Mujeres%20Solares%20de%20Totogalpa&idArticulo2=20%20de%20Enero,%202011 video] of the Las Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa complex.
* [http://www.tubeoli.com//list.php?q=COCINA+solar&filter=on Dozens of Spanish-language videos showing solar cooking activities] - ''TubeOli''
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