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Above left: Osage Valley Electric's Jonathan Schussler gets some help lifting another pole
into place. Above center: Storm clouds brew behind him as Stetson Shirky works to frame
another pole during the second phase of the project. Above right: Residents of Chapasirca
were enthusiastic in the help given to the Missourians. Here they pull on a rope to help Craig
Moeller and Jared Kelley lift another pole into place.

Left: Jonathan Schussler keeps a wary eye on a pole as it is drug to its final location. Above:
The second Brighter Bolivia team included Adam Helton, Central Power; Brian Robbins, Barry
Electric; Hunter Ivie, Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric; Joe Cartwright, Crawford Electric; Jake Fain,
Platte-Clay Electric; Stetson Shirky, Osage Valley Electric and Craig Moeller, Association of
Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Below: Jake Fain gets some help carrying his tools.

Schwartz, a lineman from Three Rivers Electric Cooperative, said of the villagers.
"It didn't take them long to figure it out, that's for sure. It was an experience, a
first for me."
While working the men faced just about every kind of weather the mountains
could throw at them. First it would rain. Then the sun would pop out just long
enough to leave sunburns. Then fog would roll in, dropping visibility to feet.
For every obstacle that popped up, one of the team members had a solution.
With so much help coming from the villagers, the project quickly began to take
shape. By the next day the poles were ready for wire.
One of the giant trucks used to haul potatoes down the mountain was
pressed into service as a wire truck. But first the heavy reel of wire had to be
loaded by rolling it down a hill into the back of the truck.
Again and again the Americans were reminded just how thin the air was at
this high elevation. "I definitely had to take a few stops going up," Casey said of
the first of many poles he climbed. "You knew right away you weren't at home
anymore. We had a couple of days to get adapted before we started climbing."
Working without the bucket and digger derrick trucks they normally would
use, everything the men did was difficult. But they found new ways to do the
jobs they are trained for. Sometimes brute strength was the only option, like
when it came time to load transformers on the truck or move a pole to a new
location.
They also had to learn new techniques so that the wiring they did matched
the lines built by the local utility.
Despite having to set the poles, the first phase of the project was completed
on schedule. On a rare sunny afternoon, a large crowd gathered on a hillside
near the home of Segundo Caceres, the village leader.
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