Last week I participated in a reunion of the Mujeres de Comunidades Rurales para el Uso de la Energía Solar, (Women from rural communities and their use of solar energy), and an exposition by the same group.
This was the second reunion, and it was nice to see some familiar faces and a lot of new ones. Most of the women were from rural areas and had already participated in government granted projects and owned a solar oven, (like me), or they were hoping to be awarded a grant to build their own. After listening to speakers we divided into groups by area and introduced ourselves. Then with the help of professionals, we discussed and presented ideas to develop future projects.
Two days after the meeting we displayed our solar ovens in the Plaza de Armas in La Serena. We showed how the solar ovens work and the different products that we make with our ovens. There were jams and preserves, breads and cakes, and I showed my oven dyed wool. There was a lot of interest by people passing by, as well as the local paper and TV.
I had fun making new friends and sharing ideas with other women who enjoy creating. I was also nicely surprised by the amount of people interested in hand spinning and wool dyed with natural materials.
For more information, (in Spanish) this is the link of the organisation that builds and teaches solar ovens here in La Serena.