Meet the Community

  • 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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  • Julián Morales Martínez

    Julián, who is 22 years old, lives in the village of Zapote, which is about 20km from central Ixtepec near the area where the wind farm will be built.

    “Everything here is beautiful; the wind, which is often blowing, is very warm. But I would like to see my village have access to clean and […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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