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The Power of Wind

  • The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Annual Meeting

    The Yansa Group’s founder, Sergio Oceransky, will speak at the Annual Meeting of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples in San Francisco on Thursday, May 17th during lunch.  This year’s meeting is themed, Toward a Better World: Strengthening Indigenous Sustainability.

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  • Yansa to attend Rio+20

    Great news — Yansa will attend Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in June as a partner of the Siemens Technology in Action Hub.  Look for us at the UNEP Pavilion!

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  • Welcome to Ixtepec!

    Ixtepec, a city of 30,000 inhabitants in the south of Mexico, located in the Isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, will be the location of Yansa’s first community wind park project. Ixtepec is a calm city where people still live very peacefully: after sunset at about 6:30pm the city becomes very quiet [...]

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Meet the Community

  • Nilka Nereida Solórzano Gómez
    Nilka Nereida Solórzano Gómez

    Nilka is a teacher in Ixtepec and is 36 years old.
    “Ixtepec is extremely rich in natural and cultural resources. I think it is vitally important that we preserve our traditions, since we can loose them simply by doing nothing. In that regard, I wouldn’t want to see changes that could cause Ixtepec to loose [...]

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  • Irma Palomec
    Irma Palomec Cabrera

    Irma is a retired teacher, and she has been involved actively in the women’s forum since the beginning.
    “For sure, no one can choose where he or she will be born. But if you would have asked me where I would have liked to be born, I’d say here in Ixtepec. I love Ixtepec, its [...]

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  • Vicente
    Vicente Vásquez García

    Vicente is a member of the indigenous governing body, the Comuna, and was involved in the approval for the substation in Ixtepec in 2008. But at the time he saw what was happening in other communities where wind development was causing harm to the local people and their livelihoods.

    “A couple of other Comuneros and [...]

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  • Jessica
    Jéssica Guadalupe Silva Toledo

    Jéssica is a 20-year-old student of Electrical Engineering at the Technological Institute of the Isthmus.

    “I love Ixtepec’s peacefulness, security, traditions, culture, and the warmth of the people.  But in Ixtepec we lack health service centers. The existing services are inefficient and not all people have access to quality healthcare. We also need support in [...]

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    Roberto Mújica Toledo

    Roberto Mujica Toledo is a civil engineer who supports the community wind farm in Ixtepec. He has seen many large-scale wind farm projects established in Mexico and grew disheartened by the ways in which these projects have failed to involve the local communities. While these larger projects often promise transparency and attractive long-term benefits, many [...]

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  • Nashieeli Valencia
    Nashieeli Valencia

    Nashieeli is a scupltress by profession. She is preparing a project to rebuild community spirit based on indigenous traditions.
    “I like that Ixtepec is a calm village. I love its culture and traditions.  In Ixtepec we need to explore what of our culture we want to endure and what traditions we could stand to loose.  [...]

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  • Franco Benítez Guzmán
    Franco Benítez Guzmán

    Franco is 94 years old and is the President of the Livestock Association in Ixtepec.
    “I love the countryside and the work here. I am a farmer. I know the work of the countryside. I know what is lacking. And although I have received only a bit of formal education, I have experience working the [...]

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  • Guillermina Velázquez Villareal
    Guillermina Velázquez Villareal

    Guillermina is native of Ixtepec. She used to work for the government around issues of social development.

    “I love Ixtepec — its traditions, its regional dress, the festivals. But we lack jobs. We also need to think about protecting our environment and cleaning up the river. And we need more hospitals with trained staff and [...]

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