Meet the Community

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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