July 2021 News & Updates

First and foremost, we hope that this note finds you all doing well so far this Summer season! We have a few updates for you this month; please see the bulleted items below:

  • Grant Submissions – now that we’ve completed our Remote Solar Learning Kit campaign (thank you again to all that donated!), we’re back to working on grant submissions. There are a few that we’re focused on in the next 6-8 weeks: Oak Foundation, Wallace Global and Suez North American Foundation. We will surely keep you posted with our next win.
  • Partnerships – as we’ve mentioned before, we’re always speaking with potential partner organizations; almost on a weekly basis. We feel it’s important to network and build connections within the ecosystem, specifically where we can partner with fundraising efforts. WinRock and Tip-Top English are just a couple of companies that we’ve engaged with in the last few weeks, and we’re always open for new partnership opportunities. Please share any ideas with the Pidola Team.
  • Projects – we have a couple of potential projects outside of Bolivia that Pidola may be supporting in the coming months. We will share any news as it comes available… fingers are crossed.

Thanks again for all your support, and we’ll see you in August… stay safe!

June 2021 News & Updates

It’s been a busy last few weeks for the Pidola Team, especially as we’ve wrapped up our latest campaign on May 31st. Here are some of the key highlights:

  • Remote Solar Learning Kits – we raised almost $6,500 since launching back in March! That means 100 families will be receiving a remote solar learning kit, and have access to classes and educational materials in the coming months. A huge THANK YOU for all that donated and supported Pidola on these efforts… a great win for us here in 2021!
  • Partnerships – as part of the plan to help Pidola grow, we’re always looking for new and engaging partnerships in the space. These partnerships can not only help us with operations in Bolivia, but can potentially help us build our network and find new fundraising opportunities. The work continues to push for new projects anywhere in Latin America (Bolivia, Mexico, Dominican Republic).
  • Grant Opportunities – there are a few grant opportunities that we’ll be submitting an application for in the coming weeks: Pulsante, Wallace Global, Suez North American. If you know of any grants or potential sponsorships that Pidola may be a good fit, please let us know.

Thank you again for your on-going support, and we hope you have a good start to the Summer Season… stay safe!

Michelle, Nick & Lou

May 2021 News & Updates

First and foremost, we hope this note finds you doing well over these last few weeks!


The Pidola Team wanted to share some news surrounding our Remote Solar Learning Kit Campaign.  So far, we’ve raised over $5,000 with this initiative! That means 75 families will now receive the tools needed for basic education for their kids, and critical news and information for the entire community.


For those who have already donated, thank you! If you’d like to donate to our Remote Solar Learning Kit campaign, please click on the link below.


https://www.pidola.org/remote-solar-kits/


The campaign ends on May 31st, so please don’t delay if you’re thinking about donating.


Thank you for your support, and we’ll be in touch next month!

April 2021 News & Updates

We wanted to share a quick update on how we’re progressing with our Remote Solar Learning Kit campaign that was launched last month.


So far, we’ve raised and received commitment for over $3,300!  That means over 50 families will now receive the tools needed for basic education for their kids, and critical news and information for the entire community.

For those who have already donated, thank you! If you’d like to donate to our Remote Solar Learning Kit campaign, please click on the link below.


https://www.pidola.org/remote-solar-kits/


We’re only running this campaign for a short time, and classes are available for kids right now. Donating today will make a huge difference to a family in need.

March 2021 – Remote Solar Kit Fundraiser!

Pidola is launching a new fundraising campaign! The key details are below, and feel free to donate via the link here.

In many parts of Bolivia, and specifically rural areas of the Cochabamba region where Pidola has been working since 2017, students have not been to classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and won’t be able to return to schools for the remainder of 2021.  Rural families are often scattered and isolated and are using candles, batteries, and firewood to meet their energy needs. 

Pidola is working with a local solar installer, Energetica, along with the Ministry of Education and local Municipalities to establish a program to provide remote learning kits to 1,000 rural households without electricity. Each kit includes 3 solar-charged lamps with a USB charger and USB-powered radios and costs $112 USD. Almost half is covered locally, but they need our help to fund the rest of the kit. 

That means for only $65, a remote family with school-age kids will have access to classes and information!

The program for these kits includes user identification, signing of agreements with Municipalities, promotion in communities, and training to use the kits. We’ll be collection donations for just the next few weeks, so please take the chance to donate and support a family in need today.

We appreciate your support, and please check back to the Donation Page for progress updates over the next few weeks!

January 2021 News & Updates

First and foremost, we hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Holiday Season! I know personally it was great to catch up with family (socially distanced, of course), and take some time away from technology. I also know 2021 will be a good year for all of us. 🙂

Some updates from the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – as always, we are pounding the proverbial pavement to find new funding opportunities. The next grant submission that Pidola will be applying for, is with CLIF Bar in early February.
  • 1 Million Cups – one of the connections we’ve made in the Philadelphia area is with an organization called 1 Million Cups, or 1MC. They provide a platform for early-stage start-ups to speak with local entrepreneurs and business leaders, and gather feedback on solving an organization’s most critical business challenges. Pidola will be presenting to 1MC on February 3rd!
  • Food for the Hungry – over the next few weeks, we’re going to start re-engaging with our key partners in Bolivia. As with most countries, the pandemic has been difficult for the people in Bolivia, so it’s been some time since we’ve last connected. We’ll be speaking with Food for the Hungry (aka FH) to restart our fundraising conversations.

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in February!

Happy Holidays from Pidola!

As we move into the Holiday Season, the folks here at Pidola wanted to send a quick note of thanks for all of your support throughout the year. Without our supporters and the organizations around us, we’d never be able to push our much needed projects forward.


Please stay safe where ever you are, and we’ll share some news when we turn the calendars to 2021 (phew, thank goodness).


Happy Holidays!

November 2020 News & Updates

We are wrapping up the year here at Pidola, and we’d love to share some updates. In case we don’t get an opportunity, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday in a couple weeks!

  • Amazon Smile – when you shop on Amazon, please make sure you select Pidola for Amazon Smile! Registration is easy, and Amazon will donate 0.5% on your eligible purchases to our projects. The link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-4852903
  • Fundraising – over the next few months, we have approximately 20 different grants that we’re submitting a request for funds. Wish us luck that we’ll be able to raise some money for our projects in both Bolivia and Tamaulipas!

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in December!

October 2020 News & Updates

As we quickly move into the last quarter of 2020 (thank goodness!), we have a lot of things going on here at Pidola. Lots of life happening, too!

Some updates from over the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – we keep working on the various submissions for additional corporate funds. Pidola submitted a handful in September, so we’re hopeful we’ll win one before the end of the year. Wish us luck!
  • Tamaulipas – on-going conversations are being held surrounding our responsibilities for the projects in Northern Mexico. Pidola is aligning with the Rotary Clubs of Southern Texas to help pushing these projects forward. Our goal is to have a roadmap established to install a number of projects before the end of the year.
  • Facebook Campaigns – we launched our first Facebook campaign, which was to help drive more individual donations for our projects. That first campaign has been completed, and we’ll be launching another before the end of Q4. Again, wish us luck!

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in November!

September 2020 News & Updates

Hopefully everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend, and that you’re all having a good week so far. We just had snow here in Denver, so winter is right around the corner!

Some updates from over the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – we submitted a number of grant inquiries. Organizations such as the Amazon Emergency Fund, Founding Solidarity Circle, Onaway Trust, the Mona Foundation and NextEnergy Foundation. Upcoming grant submissions include Lawrence, Clif and Jewish… wish us luck!
  • Board of Directors BBQ – on September 12th, we are having a little late-summer BBQ with Pidola’s Board of Directors; socially-distanced, of course. Any chance we get to spend time with our Board is always a pleasure, and we’ll certainly share photos on Facebook!
  • Facebook Campaigns – speaking of Facebook, we launched a fundraising campaign on Facebook in early September. This is another tactic we are testing to drive individual donations.
  • Bolivia News – a few updates from our team/s in Bolivia:
    • The 2019 accounting reports have been completed
    • We are in the process of re-structuring our Accendo SRL entity
    • Please see our latest Facebook post surrounding updates on Bolivian schools & COVID
    • If you don’t follow the US Embassy’s Facebook page from Bolivia (https://www.facebook.com/usdos.bolivia/), you should. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on how the US government is working with various Bolivian organizations

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in October!