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Above: Members of team one are, from left: Tim Pirtle, Ritnee Smilee, Andy Roselius, Derek Hailey, Tom Greer, Kaleb Gaskell,
Jacob Mebruer, Brad Mick and Chris Turner. Below: Residents of Trapichitos showed how much they wanted electricity by setting
poles. This required carrying the heavy poles to their final destination, digging deep holes and lifting them into place.

Making dreams reality
Co-op linemen bring electricity to remote Guatemalan village

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inemen from electric cooperatives in Missouri
gave the ultimate gift to residents of a remote
Guatemalan village in December. They left
behind family and friends for two weeks in
order to build power lines that will bring electricity
to the village of Trapichitos for the first time.
The linemen had to string power lines across
many deep ravines in order
to connect the village to a
small hydroelectric dam.
"It was definitely a challenge for the simple fact
that we don't see the kind
of mountainous areas like
this back home," says Tim
Pirtle, a safety instructor for
the Association of Missouri
Electric Cooperatives and
the project leader. "When
the linemen first stepped
in and saw what the project was all about there
were obvious looks on their faces that they didn't
know how they were going to get across these deep
valleys. But they did an excellent job accomplishing it." He adds that the project would have taken much longer had it not been for the efforts of

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those it was intended to help. Men from the village
worked side by side with the linemen.
When it came time to stretch the wire, they
swiftly pulled it down hills so steep the linemen
feared for their safety. But just as quickly the Guatemalans appeared on the other side, almost running up the steep slopes, their natural element.
The villagers also dug
dozens of holes for anchors,
carried heavy poles to their
locations and set the poles
using only brute strength.
Besides building primary
and secondary lines, the
linemen also wired the village's community center,
school and a communal
kitchen.
The work here is not finished, however. This month
a second group of linemen will return to the village
to wire 120 homes.
We will have more coverage of the effort in our
March issue. You can follow the project on Facebook
by searching for Missouri on a Mission.



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