Creating Conditions for Gender Equity in Rural Energy Projects: Experience in Productive Uses of Renewable Energy in Guatemala
The Productive Uses of Renewable Energy (PURE) project in Guatemala promotes the adoption of renewable energy by removing obstacles and reducing implementation costs. PURE encourages the adoption of renewable energy technologies, particularly micro and small scale hydroelectric production, as well as demonstration initiatives with photovoltaic systems, biodigestors, and efficient cook stoves.
The objectives of the PURE project are focused on community development processes. In its implementation phase, the project recognized the participation gap for women, and moved to include a social approach, affirmative actions, participation quotas, and technical training to help create conditions for women’s empowerment.
PURE was implemented in rural areas in the Departments of Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Quiché, Huehuetenango, and San Marcos, in Guatemala. The project was coordinated by Fundación Solar, a private development organization established in Guatemala in 1993.
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