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Thirty years ago, near the end of El Salvador’s decade-long civil war, Carla and her family experienced frequent and erratic rolling blackouts.
As the country attempted to negotiate a ceasefire, opponents damaged the national power system, halving its normal electricity supply.
At the age of eight, Carla returned home from school often to find the power had gone out. She remembers candlelight at night and the steady hum of back-up generators.
"From a very young age, I knew the importance of electricity. And its unpredictability only made me appreciate it more.”