Projecto de Apoyo Mutuo de Mariana
Humacao, Puerto Rico
Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo (Mutual Aid Project) provides direct, peer-to-peer resiliency services to residents in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Based in Mariana, a mountain community of 3,160 people who still lack grid power, the Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo (PAM) currently runs a distribution hub, farming cooperative and coworking space. The organization operates as part of ARECMA, a local non-profit with thirty-five years of experience organizing community events in Humacao and Yabucoa. PAM Mariana is part of a network of mutual aid recovery groups serving vulnerable populations across Puerto Rico.
Building Back Better
Footprint worked with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief and BoxPower to deploy a containerized solar microgrid (18kW solar array, 80kWh battery storage, 24kW back-up generator) to power PAM Mariana’s “Center of Imagination,” which houses a laundromat, art therapy space, communal kitchen, library and shelter. Installed in May, PAM Mariana’s solar microgrid will lay the groundwork for distributed renewable energy throughout the municipality.