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photo by Jim McCarty
Volunteers for Phase 1 of the Brighter Bolivia Project include, from left, Jonathan Schussler, Osage Valley Electric; Eric Peeper,
NW Power; Tim Gilbert, Boone Electric; Craig Moeller, AMEC; Jared Kelley, SEMO Electric; Casey Schwartze, Three Rivers
Electric and Danny Derry, Grundy Electric.
Volunteers brighten Bolivia
International project brings power to unserved mountain community
n December, eight electric cooperative employees
from Missouri boarded a plane bound for Chapisirca, Bolivia, a tiny community in the Andes
Mountains. Their mission: to build power lines
for residents of the village who have never known
the beneﬁts of electricity.
This was the second time Missouri's electric
cooperatives sent a team of lineworkers to Bolivia.
In 2016, another group of volunteers traveled to
Riberalta to build power lines for two villages.
The effort is a project of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's International Program with additional funding from the Cooperative Finance Corporation. Begun in 1962, NRECA
International sought to "export" the success of the
U.S. rural electriﬁcation program to developing
nations. Over the years, individual electric cooperative employees from Missouri have worked on international projects in faraway places such as Hayti,
South Sudan and Guatemala. A new approach in
recent years has seen states put together teams of
linemen to take projects from beginning to end.
The latest effort in Bolivia presented some unique
challenges for the Missouri lineworkers. The project took place at an altitude above 13,000 feet. The
highest point in Missouri is 1,772 feet. Needless to
say, the work had to be done at a much slower pace
than it would have been done back home.
The project involved building 3.5 miles of line
with 70 to 80 poles across the mountain top. A local
nonproﬁt utility, ELFEC, helped with the project by
setting the poles.
This was the ﬁrst phase of the project. In late
January, a second team will build a similar project
to extend service to more Bolivians. Chapasirca is
located near the large city of Cochabamba. It is estimated that more than 285,000 people in the region
do not have access to electricity.
Worldwide, more than 1.6 billion people live
without electricity. NRECA International seeks
to brighten the lives of people living in developing
nations by building power lines and donating vehicles and materials no longer needed by U.S. electric
Past experience with these projects shows that
electricity lets children attend school on a regular
basis. It raises the standard of living for the entire
family by lightening the burden for adults and providing the potential for running water, refrigeration
and sanitation previously unavailable. It also saves
money for families that otherwise might rely on
ver since the day the ﬁrst issue of this
publication rolled off the presses in
1948, Rural Missouri has been printed
on newsprint. No doubt those early editors longed for nicer paper to better showcase
their photos. That certainly has been the case
for the current editors who put high value on
That's why we were so excited putting
together this issue of Rural Missouri. This will
be the ﬁrst one printed on high-quality, magazine-grade paper.
It's also the ﬁrst printed at LSC Communications based in Liberty. We are thrilled that
many of the employees working at LSC also
are members of Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative.
The new presses are heat-set, meaning
after the ink is applied it is baked on in a hightemperature oven. That means the ink is less
likely to rub off on your hands. It also means
a big improvement in the quality of our photo
We also wanted to improve the look of the
pages that are exclusive to your local electric
cooperative. Local co-ops now have access to
full color photographs instead of the black
and white or spot colors typically used in past
You will ﬁnd the local pages in the center of
each issue, except on the month when Rural
Missouri serves as your ofﬁcial notice of the
annual meeting. Then we will move the local
pages to the outside to let our cooperatives
take advantage of the perforated cards you
can tear out and bring to the annual meeting
for quick registration.
Your local electric cooperative will have
many more ways to communicate with you in
the new Rural Missouri.
The best part of all the changes is that none
of this will cost your cooperative any more
money. The price is still about 11 cents less
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That is thanks to our many advertisers
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We'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year
and hope that the coming year is a healthy,
happy and prosperous one.
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