Electrifying a rural village in Guatemala
We are changing the format of HCE Voices this month to chat with Journeyman Lineworker Trenton Jole, who just returned from spending three weeks in Guatemala to electrify a rural village.
Trenton was part of a group of 16 lineworkers who recently returned from Guatemala after electrifying the village of La Montanita de la Virgen. Population: 560.
Fifteen fellow lineworkers from Oklahoma and Colorado spent 21 days electrifying 81 homes, two churches, a school, and the local health care center.
Over the course of their stay, the lineworkers framed poles, strung wires, and wired the inside of homes for lights and outlets. The church and the school were also wired for heat. Residents helped climb trees and dig holes to assist with the electrification project.
“Interacting with the kids and villagers was a lot of fun,” Trenton says.
“They were shy when we first arrived, and the local interpreter let us know that the village doesn’t see a lot of Americans because it’s so remote. After a few days, everyone really opened up. We would bring soccer balls, candy, and essential toiletry items like toothbrushes. We taught them how to say good morning in English, and they taught us how to say good morning in Spanish.”