Fundación Cerrejón Guajira Indígena and the USAID Colombia Clean Energy Program are working together on a Renewable Energy Project in Guajira, Colombia.

It consists of 38 clean energy solutions (19 with solar pumping and 19 with mechanically assisted pumping) for indigenous Wayúu communities.

These communities, inhabitants of the desert, live in areas where little precipitation occurs and thus living conditions are particularly difficult. To them water is essential not only for their families and their small crops, but for their animals, which literally are the only means of economic survival for the Wayúu population. Thanks to the project, some of the communities are now even harvesting crops in formerly completely desolate lands.

 

  • Number of families: 496
  • Total population: 2.399
  • Women: 1.251
  • Men: 1.148

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FOUR EXAMPLES OF COMMUNITIES

KASUMANA

The Kasumana community has a solar energy pumping system that provides water for this and other Wayúu communities in the vicinity. It serves a small Wayúu school (aprox. 90 primary students) of the community. Although the population of the settlement is small, the installed solar pumping technology benefits more than 500 people (and over 1,000 animals) of nearby communities that travel to Kasumana for water.

  • Number of families: 11
  • Total population: 54
  • Women: 32
  • Men: 22

MACHETSUMANA (SHOKOLOIN)

The Machetsumana (Shokoloin) "La Curva" community has a mechanically assisted energy pumping system that provides water for this and other Wayúu communities in the vicinity. At the beginning of the project the idea of a pumping system - using mechanical energy through a static bicycle – was seen as a fantasy; now that it works, everybody in the community is exultant. The beneficiaries are much more than those inhabitants of Machetsumana (Shokoloin) “La Curva”, as the system is used by neighbors of nearby communities in the desert.

  • Number of families: 10
  • Total population: 48
  • Women: 25
  • Men: 23

ISCHICHON

The Ischichon community has a solar energy pumping system that provides water for this and other Wayúu communities in the vicinity. With the support of the World Food Programme (WFP), the community now uses a water irrigation system for harvesting fruits and vegetables. In this context the number of beneficiaries go far beyond the immediate community population.

  • Number of families: 11
  • Total population: 54
  • Women: 32
  • Men: 22

PESUAPA

Pesuapa

The Pesuapa community has a solar energy pumping system that provides water for this and other Wayúu communities in the vicinity. With the support of the World Food Programme (WFP), the community now uses a water irrigation system for harvesting fruits and vegetables. Pesuapa, experimental farm, is essential for the project as a whole as the testing of possible crops to be planted in the different communities is performed here.

  • Total Population: 101
  • Number of families: 21
  • Women: 54
  • Men: 47

Pesuapa

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