Power in San Pablo
None of that has figured on the horizon of Don Opimi. He is just happy that his village now finally has a reliable power supply since it was connected to the San Ramón plant in 2013. His family has seen its quality of life increase dramatically as a result.
Shortly after the extension of the power grid came the phone masts of the public telecommunications company, which considerably simplified contact between, in some cases, widely dispersed families. And that meant that although six-year-old Romina, who lives with her grandparents in the small village of San Pablo, was not able to see her mother on Mother's Day, she was at least able to talk to her on the phone. In the rainy season when some of the roads are not even passable by motorbike, the network coverage also facilitates communication in emergencies. Romina's grandparents have recently opened a small kiosk to supplement their income from farming. Their pride and joy is a second-hand chest freezer which enables them to supply the villagers with cold drinks on hot days. "We can work at night now as well if we need to," says Don Pablo. After all, many of his customers are farmers themselves and so come by mostly in the evening after a long, hard day in the fields.