Changing Lives through Information in Central America

Allen Andersson


Allen Andersson and his wife, Susan Riecken, founded the Riecken Community Libraries in 2000, and Allen served as its president until 2008. As a young Peace Corps Volunteer, he taught calculus at the University of Honduras. For the next four decades, as a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur, he created new technologies in high-energy physics, desktop publishing, radiology, computational linguistics, telecommunications, and biotechnology.

“We asked ourselves, what travels cheapest over a hundred miles of bad road, then multiplies its value every time it is used? Information! The idea for Riecken Libraries was born that day.”