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An 'Attitude of Gratitude'

The work we did in Nicaragua was on an entirely new level of greatness and it was amazing to see the immediate impact we made in Platanal. It’s always refreshing for our field leaders as well as corporate employees to be exposed to other cultures and experience their way of life. It’s a wake-up call for me every time and this trip was even more eye opening to see a community of beautiful, hard-working people living completely off the grid. Dirt floors with chickens and pigs running around in their homes is still a shock to the system. They have no electricity and no running water, yet they thrive as a group of people with a strong sense of family and faith. Being able to bring them clean sustainable energy and make their way of life easier is a blessing for Gen V. This is at our core of who we are and what we do! We impact the lives of everyone we touch both near and far! Seeing some of the people that have never been on any of our global journeys open their hearts and share their experience brings to light how important this work is. I’m back to my blessed life and feeling even more blessed to have worked side by side with my family that we call Gen V. It makes you want to live your life with an “attitude of gratitude.”

My name is John LoPresto and I am Generation V.

In March 2015, Viridian traveled to the breathtakingly beautiful and still mostly undeveloped “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” To complete our most ambitious project to date, we hiked to the small agricultural community of Portrero Platanal, an off-the-grid village that’s inaccessible by car. With the help of the nonprofit organization GRID Alternatives, we were able to install clean, reliable solar systems on the homes of 40 families, bringing the opportunity for a better life to an entire community.