"Thanks to ‘Luz en casa Oaxaca’ I’ve reached to see my home lighted"

Oaxaca (Mexico).- In the Mixe region of the State of Oaxaca Mrs Paula, an 89-year-old user of the ‘Luz en Casa Oaxaca’ programme, can see happily her home lighted.

Mrs Paula lives in the village of Duraznal Viejo, located on the top of the Oaxaca’s Mixe region. She tells in her Mixe language (she barely speaks Spanish) that, for many years, she lighted with wood and candles which filled her home with smoke and made her days shorter: “During the harvest time I woke up very early to cut off the kernels, clean the beans and then sell them. When I came back home it got dark and I had to buy candles to light”.

Nowadays Mrs Paula enjoys her solar home system “My son helped me to register in the ‘Luz en Casa Oaxaca’ programme in order to have my light. I would like to have it before… but I’ve reached to see my home light” says very happily.

ACCIONA Microenergia and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are included in the 2030 Agenda, a 15-year plan of action that favours the people, the planet and the prosperity. There are 17 SDG which are integrated and indivisible and that comprise the three dimensions of the Development: economic, social and environmental.

The rural electrification programmes of the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation impact on those three dimensions, and directly on the SDG 7, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

In Mrs Paula's home the SDG 3, Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, is impacted too: the electric lighting provided by her third generation solar home system gives a dwelling that is better prepared for her needs, and removes the smoke from her home.

It is a non-profit association that was created by the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation to facilitate access to electricity to isolated rural communities, which are not included in the national grid extension of Mexico. ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico deploys the 'Luz en Casa Oaxaca' programme under a public-private partnership with the Government of the State of Oaxaca and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.