When electric cooperatives began to electrify rural America in the mid-1930s, only 10 percent of rural
households had electric service. Today, electric cooperatives provide affordable and reliable energy to
42 million consumers in 47 states. Through NRECA International, the rural electrification efforts of
electric cooperatives extend beyond our nation’s borders, bringing electricity access to 120 million
people in 43 countries, and in the process, helping create approximately 200 rural electric cooperatives
in Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Our work has boosted agricultural productivity, created
millions of new jobs in micro and small enterprises, and produced higher incomes and quality of life
for rural communities in these countries.