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Visiting the Arhuaco indigenous community in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

We were privileged to have been invited by an Arhuaco Indigenous family whose house is in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. For years the home was badly affected by the violence that tarnished Colombia for decades.

Gunmaku town, Arhuaco’s community, top view, courtesy from family member.



The family has four solar panels provided by the local government but were not involved in the process of deployment.



The eldest brother of seven shared the endless possibilities that they could benefit from, if the community had access to clean electrification. Not only could the community benefit from virtual education (it takes 2.5 hrs by motorbike, to reach the lowest point of the mountain), but also from

eco-tourism possibilities if they were to have solar energy in this remote region. The photo on the left shows one of the Arhuaco communities in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta with 89 roofs. At the moment there are five solar panels offering a form of renewable energy to 78 families. The ecotourism potential in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is enormous. However, this potential is highly limited by the lack of electricity.


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