Among them, only one already had some kind of electricity, via a generator powered by fossil fuel. About 700 indigenous people have benefited
For four months, between November 2022 and February 2023, the Associação Povos da Terra – APOTI installed 11 solar energy systems in six villages, three of which are located in the Kaxinawá Indigenous Land of the Rio Jordão (the Canafista, Nova Aliança and Bela Vista villages) and three others in the Kaxinawá Seringal Independência Indigenous Land (Flor da Mata, Mae Bena and Nova União villages). The work is part of the Solar Energy and Potable Water project, in partnership with iCS. In all, approximately 700 Huni Kuin indigenous people were helped, receiving lighting in their family homes and in public buildings, in addition to recharging points for cell phones, radios and other electronic devices. With the exception of the Nova União village, which already possessed electricity using a fossil fuel generator, no other village had lighting up to this point. The project continues.
Technician Elino Souza installing the solar panels in the Mae Bena village | Credit: APOTI