The EncASa Oaxaca 2018 project provides access to energy, water & sanitation basic services with the aim of improving the quality of life of rural, poor and extremely poor population in Oaxaca; the lack of those services provokes many problems in the communities suffering it. To achieve that goal, we work within a public-private partnership for development with the Government of the State of Oaxaca, through its Infrastructure and Sustainable Territory Development Secretary –so called SINFRA–, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation –so called AECID– and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation –so called AMEXCID–.
EncASa Oaxaca 2018 has the objective of providing 1,000 households with electricity service, as well as implementing a pilot project to bring access to drinking water, sanitation and wood-saving cook stoves in at least 50 households. In a recent visit to San Miguel Ecatepec –one of the five communities benefited from the pilot where some demonstrative systems are now working–, Miguel Angel Encinas and Jose Navarro –general coordinator and project responsible respectively at AECID in Mexico– noticed the advances in electrification and using ecologic cook stoves, water purifying, as well as dry toilets; these basic services have improved the quality of life of this community.
The beneficiaries explained how were the construction and the installation of the energy, water & sanitation eco-technologies, the changes in their quality of life and their new habits to the visitors. They showed their satisfaction with the services offered, as well as their identification as a part of the project by proving their knowledge about the activities and the partners, to which they expressed their gratitude for the support and the eases. Aldo –a beneficiary from the project– said: “I would like to thank acciona.org and the other partners in the project for the benefits provided… they have changed our living conditions: finally we have got clean and fresh water to drink when arriving home, the electric lighting and the ecologic cook stoves are really helpful to prepare the food for all my family and the dry toilets have improved our quality of life. Other institutions came and made promises to improve our lives but they never came back, while acciona.org has fulfilled its promises.”
During the visit, Enrique Toledo –our manager in Mexico and director of EncASa Oaxaca 2018– informed about the supply of about 300 third generation solar home systems with the project up today in several Oaxaca localities. In addition, he explained that acciona.org will have supplied the 1,000 systems planned by December 2019; these together with those supplied with the Luz en Casa Oaxaca programme from 2013 to 2016 will make 8,500 households –almost 34.000 people– to which we will have brought electricity. Besides, he expressed that about 275 drinking water, sanitation and cooking services will have been installed in the homes of 110 families by December 2019 too. This means that EncASa Oaxaca 2018 is going to achieve and surpass its objective.
The access to basic services provided by EncASa Oaxaca impacts positively on the economy, society and environment of the beneficiaries of this action, which is aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) included in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.
At acciona.org we work to bring access to energy, water and sanitation to very low-income people who live not being included in any plan of extension of those service, for which we apply technological and managerial innovation criteria. Thus, we contribute to achieve the SDG directly related SDG6 on water & sanitation, SDG7 on sustainable & affordable energy, and SDG9 on resilient infrastructures and promotion of innovation. That contribution is part of the ACCIONA commitment to the SDG’s.
We also favour the achievement of other SDG’s through the positive impacts of our activity resulting in reduction of poverty, improvement of health, education, equality, work, etc., as well as through the collaborative view with which we execute our actions, such as the public-private partnership for development that carries out EncASa Oaxaca.
More info: https://acciona.org/mexico/encasa-oaxaca