Solarelctrification Project
of the community Changuaral
The community "Changuaral” is located in the Ecological Reservation of Manglares Cayapas Mataje among San Lorenzo in the coast of Ecuador and Tumaco in Colombia.  
 
The black population of "Changuaral” lives mainly off the capture and commercialization of the shell and the handmade fishing. The average of monthly gross revenues of a family is smaller than 50 US $, of which great part is spend in mobilization.
The 23 families have during the day the possibility to listen radio and to use mixers and fans. At night they can use their energy saver lamps and their (few) televisions until approximately the 22 hours. 
 
The hope of the community is to increase the solar system to to maintain a communal freezer to improve the commercialization of the shell + fish.
The system was co-executed by the community "Changuaral”, CODESO and FEDARPOM S. L., the Federation of Afroecuadorian Artisans Recolectors of Products of the Swamp with headquarters in San Lorenzo, Emeraldas, Ecuador, Telefax 593-6-2780315, fedarpom@yahoo.com.ar
The main financing was carried out by the Project for the Development of the Indigenous and Black Communitys of the Ecuador PRODEPINE RCN Telefax 593-6-727937, prodrcn@yahoo.com. There was also an support of the Illustrious Municipality of San Lorenzo. 
The shell is harvested by the women and children of the community inside the protected area of the swamp. It is important that the community has its photovoltaic energy system to be able to carry out the daily tasks as for example the education of the children also at night, to have access to information for radio and television. 
 
The solar system helps preserve the ecosystem of the swamp.
The system of solar energy consists initially of 18 solarpanels Isofoton I 110 with a total of 1980 Wp (watts pico), 13 accumulators of 12 V (volts) 150 Ah (ampere hours), 5 regulators 30 A and 2 Inverters TRIPPLITE APS 1250 W (generation of alternating current of 110 V for the local electric net). 
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