Meet the Community

  • Héctor Manuel Felipe Palomec

    Héctor lives in Ixtepec and welcomes the new wind farm project. He believes that it will positively impact his family and supports the way in which each decision about the project is made with direct community involvement. Through an extensive information sharing and community consultation process, Yansa strives to make the wind farm project transparent […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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