Accessibility of Internet, WiFi, and Solar Energy Lascahobas

Lascahobas is the nexus of an agrarian region situated in the Central Plateau. It lies one hour away from the Dominican Republic border. A population of 7,574 inhabitants lives in the Christian community, but Voodoo practitioners hold festivals several times a year in the foothills.


When Haiti's 2010 earthquake ravaged the island, Lascahobas suffered damage, although its solar panel project proceeded unimpeded. The installation of the last of the panels was finished at the start of 2013. The solar panel project began in 2011 with three partnering entities: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Green WiFi (GWF), and Inveneo. They collaborated to give Lascahobas solar-infused Internet connectivity. The pilot program chose EFACAP school to be the first recipient of long distance Internet and WiFi hotspots.

IIT, GW, and Inveneo set up a charging system to power on laptops that had no other power source. Next the tech team installed a connectivity network for the schools' instructors, students, and administrators.

Inveneo has also partnered with the Rural Broadband Initiative to build a wireless circuit throughout Haiti. The end goal is to make available broadband connections to six regions and 20 under-served population hubs across the country.

Inveneo is also conducting certification programs in Internet connectivity setups, as well as solar energy and WiFi technology. The end result is to enable the Lascahobas community to own, maintain, and support itself in the use of Internet, WiFi, and solar energy technologies.

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