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Living with light: A radical change for the most remote towns in Mexico

Río del Sol (Mexico), May 1 (EFE).- Mexicans Georgina Beltrán and her husband, Abraham Ramírez, are over 60 years old and for the first time in their lives they can listen to music and enjoy movies together, and even see each other’s faces before to go to bed Thanks to a solar panel, electricity came into their lives and into their homes. “I feel very happy because now we both live together listening to music, watching movies. We can spend more time together ”, Georgina tells Efe this Sunday, sitting next to her husband and her daughter Natalia. This is thanks to Iberdrola Mexico’s Luces de Esperanza project, which provided access to energy for 100 homes in his community, located in the southern state of Oaxaca, one of the poorest in the country. Río del Sol is a small community in the municipality of San Juan Guichicovi. There, most of the residents, who live in adobe or wooden houses -some of which can only be accessed by crossing a river on foot- are dedicated to agriculture, mainly corn and coffee. While many of the women are embroiderers of textiles that they later use or sell to their neighbors or in markets in the region. Georgina, Abraham and Natalia live in a small adobe house whose interior contains only the essentials: cots to sleep on, hammocks, chairs, some work tools and several small tables. A CHANGE OF LIFE But since August they also have a television with a DVD player and a speaker to listen to music. Abraham hits “play” and sits on the bed to enjoy the songs. While Georgina and Natalia walk to the kitchen and turn on a light bulb. That bulb is one of four that they have, along with two double contacts where they can plug various devices. On one side of the house there is a photovoltaic panel that gives them the necessary energy. “Thanks to the company that helped them, they are much better. My dad really wants to cry with gratitude, ”explains Natalia, translating the words of her father, who only speaks Mixe. Luces de Esperanza was launched in November 2019 in the central state of San Luis Potosí and “thanks to its success” in December 2020 it was extended to Oaxaca, Diana Binissa Ríos, from Iberdrola’s asset management area, told Efe. Mexico. “The objective of Luces de Esperanza is to satisfy the energy needs of the localities that do not have this service. And also contribute to the development of the communities”, added Ríos. The program is expected to benefit 12,000 people and for this, some 80 million pesos (about 4 million dollars) will be allocated until 2024. A “LOGICAL” DUMBBELLS In addition, from the beginning they associated with the Iluméxico social enterprise. “The nature of Iluméxico is to bring energy closer to all these areas and families that did not have electricity. Both (Iberdrola and Iluméxico) see energy as a trigger for development”, she shares with Efe Marisol del Campo, commercial director of Iluméxico. For her, the union was “logical” since Iberdrola “has a very strong social arm in the communities where it has its facilities” and the company seeks to identify the needs of the people and trigger development. In Oaxaca they saw that there were families that did not have electricity and Iluméxico had been working with communities that have this problem for 12 years to provide solutions. In Río del Sol, the installation of solar panels was completed in August 2021, and since then 100 homes have electricity. Like Georgina and Abraham, Rosalino Isidro and Elvia Leonardo – 68 and 67 years old – have changed their routines. Under the shade of the solar panel they report that they are no longer afraid at night since they have lighting. “We were a little scared to go out at night, it was all dark, and now it’s very different. We are more confident about staying here longer (outside the house, also made of adobe and with a tin roof), we go out and visit our neighbor,” they said. Elvia now has a mobile phone that she can charge. Before, she had to take him to the nearest town, El Zacatal. But since August she can lie on her bed and read the Bible or listen to Christian hymns, she says she is happy. They also have a horn (loudspeaker), like one of Abraham and Georgina’s children, Cándido, who lives near his parents in a wooden house with his wife, Ana Cristina. He is a farmer and she embroiders, work that he can now do at night. Cándido explains that before, when it got dark, they should already be at home. “We used handheld, battery-powered lamps,” he adds. SAVING ON BATTERIES His parents estimate that they used around 25 pesos (1.23 dollars) a week on batteries, but since the arrival of the panels they no longer have that expense, and they only use 50 pesos (about 2.5 dollars) a month for the maintenance of the panels “Before I could hardly buy batteries because sometimes we had no money, (…) now thank God that we already have a solar panel and we are much better. And the money we used to spend on batteries now we spend for ourselves”, says Abraham. Iberdrola, in addition to giving them the panel and the connection and lighting system, replaces the first batteries, after their useful life of four years. With this project, considers Marisol del Campo, it is possible to promote social equality and, far from paternalism, improve the living conditions of thousands of Mexicans.Inés Amarelo (c) Agencia EFE

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The beauty of Geena Davis 30 years after shining as Thelma