Ecuador is home to both the Amazonian rainforest and the impressive heights of the Andes. Rural populations are extremely resilient and many live a primarily subsistence lifestyle. LUTW has been working in the Amazon region supporting Shuar indigenous communities shift to renewable energy since 2004. Community visits have found that children have been using systems to further their education by studying at night.

Below are pictures and a map, which highlight recent and upcoming projects.

 

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Light Up Kutukus and Chimius

Location: Kutukus and Chimius, Morona Santiago Province, Ecuador
GPS coordinates: 2.12 S – 78.00 W
Local partner: Fundación Natura
Solar systems installed in: 34 homes
Solar system capacity: 80 Watt solar panels powering lights, charging cell phones and powering radios
Local technicians trained: 38
Training and installations completed: April 2011

Project pictures

Community Profile: The Condor Mountain Range is home to various indigenous groups including the Shuar. The Shuar are guardians of the ecologically sensitive Condor Mountain Range. It has been suggested that this range may have the richest flora of any similar-sized area anywhere in the New World, as well as one of the highest concentrations on earth of vascular plant species still unknown to science. The Shuar living in Kutukus, Chimius and other villages depend on the land for their livelihood and sustain their communities by fishing, hunting, farming, and extracting forest products.
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Light Up Uwintz

Location: Uwintz, Morona Santiago Province, Ecuador
GPS coordinates: 2.72 S – 77.95 W
Local partner: Fundación Natura
Solar systems installed in: 9 homes
Solar system capacity: 100 Watt solar panels powering lights, charging cell phones and powering radios
Local technicians trained: 12
Training and installations completed: September 2008

Community profile: The Condor Mountain Range is home to various indigenous groups including the Shuar. The Shuar are guardians of the ecologically sensitive Condor Mountain Range. It has been suggested that this range may have the richest flora of any similar-sized area anywhere in the New World, as well as one of the highest concentrations on earth of vascular plant species still unknown to science. The Shuar living in Kutukus, Chimius and other villages depend on the land for their livelihood and sustain their communities by fishing, hunting, farming, and extracting forest products.

 

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