Menlo Park non-profit

After their combined household of children finished high school, Haydi and David Sowerine left the comfort of their home in Menlo Park for what they thought was going to be David’s three-to-five year USAID contract to promote agri-business in Nepal. But just 18 months into the assignment, the government eliminated first David’s team – and then David himself.

“Some Nepalis begged David to stay and said they would help us with visas,” recalls Haydi. “Much to USAID’s surprise we elected to stay on – we were the first who had ever done that.”  The Sowerines spent the next 13 years in Nepal, returning to Menlo Park in 2005.

They went to work on a variety of projects including a solar-powered educational TV kiosk for villages and a privately-run landfill to solve the waste disposal problem of the Kathmandu Valley. But continued government corruption stalled both.

“It was then that we formed our private business to provide energy and transport solutions for rural people,” said Haydi. “Eventually we devised the WireBridge.”

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