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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

  • Rómulo Vázquez
    Rómulo Vázquez

    Rómulo is 65 years old and is a welder by profession.

    “I love Ixtepec because it’s my birthplace. It’s where our ancestors and families are buried. Here we want to be.”

    “I imagine Ixtepec in the future as a city that provides work for its people, with more opportunities, with more land in agricultural use, [...]

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  • Lilia Montero
    Lilia Montero

    Ixtepec is a beautiful piece of the Mexican landscape, loved and cherished by those who live there. The people of this region share a pride for their land and for the deeply embedded community roots that have been developed over generations. When asked about Ixtepec, Lilia is passionate about her love of the land she [...]

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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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  • 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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  • Arturo Varreda Velasquez
    Arturo Barreda Velásquez

    Arturo is a member of the local livestock association. He lives on his ranch outside of the center of Ixtepec.
    “Here on my ranch I am happy. In the city there’s too much noise. I am 100% a rancher. However, we need improvements to the road to town, since it is impassible in the rainy [...]

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  • Felipe Palomec 2
    Felipe Palomec

    Like many community members in Ixtepec, Felipe is worried about the youth in his community. He sees countless students who have graduated from school and are now unemployed. He also worries about the poor in Ixtepec who are also suffering from high unemployment rates. He encourages the wind farm to come as soon as possible [...]

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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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