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U.S. Embassy selects Mayan Solar engineers for Community Spotlight

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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021. 10:54 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Every month, the U.S. Embassy in Belize highlights outstanding Belizeans.

For the month of May, the embassy is putting its community spotlight on Mayan solar engineers Florentina Choco, Miriam Choc, and Cristina Choc.

They are trained in solar engineering and are bringing affordable solar energy to remote villages in the Toledo District.

They received training from the Barefoot College in India to build and install small household solar systems.

 Since returning to Belize and under the auspices of Plenty International, they have installed renewable solar energy in the homes of indigenous communities in southern Belize. The group operates from their workshop located in the village of Jacintoville.

Florentina Choco is originally from Santa Teresa Village and was the first of the group to become a certified solar engineer in 2013.

Upon her return to Belize, Florentina trained people in her village to set up over 68 solar energy systems, giving over 350 villagers in her community reliable and clean electricity.

 In 2019, Florentina was the recipient of the Commonwealth Point of Light Award. Florentina led the solar power installation in Santa Teresa Village between 2014 and 2016.

Sisters Miriam Choc and Cristina Choc, both natives of Santa Elena Villages, travelled to India for training in 2017.

Miriam and Cristina led the solar power installation in Santa Elena Village between 2017 and 2019.

Solar energy has the least negative impact on the environment and is low maintenance cost.

Families in these villages have benefited significantly from having access to electricity. Students are able to study and complete assignments after sundown.

Florentina, Miriam, and Cristina look forward to continuing to provide electricity in rural communities, as they begin work in the villages of Machakilha and Graham Creek.

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