Emilia, member of InfraRural, is going to participate as delegate from Mexico in the Youth Assembley of United Nations. Her voice represents the work of more than 10 years of different colleagues, men and women, that today are part of InfraRural. In InfraRural we are dedicated to the design and development of sustainable technologies for rural and indigenous populations, principally.

We firmly believe that technology represents the deepest cultural traits of a community, an understanding of the world and, of course, a way of life; so when we implement a technological development we must see beyond the materiality of the product and its operation itself.

We maintain that it is essential to take into account the social and cultural context and traditions of the communities where we want to develop some project, beginning with the recognition of the technologies that the communities already have. Our vision has always been participative and inclusive with the populations in which we work, in such a way that we modify our technology continuously with the observations and criticisms of the communities that were involved with it, we also add the technical and technological elements that are important for those communities, guaranteeing in this way a trasition process to technological appropriation.

Our main technology consists in the construction of clean wood stoves, because in Mexico more than 20 million homes continue to cook with firewood, and this has many negative impacts to their health and to the environment.

Thanks to the feedback with the users of our technology, we have created a design that allows people to appropriate a technology different from they traditional way of cooking, but that respects their traditions and customs; also we make the process of combustion more efficient and we significantly reduce the environmental and health impacts.

We study the processes in which the appropriation of technology occurs to transform and improve our technology, so that in each region of the country in which we have worked we have elaborated different stoves, adapted to the context of the people.

Today, we have benefited more than 5,600 people, mitigated almost 6,000 tons of CO2, and in the process we have linked more than 600 volunteers from all over the world.

We seek to continue impacting and transforming our world together with communities, and we are sure that a great change will only occur if we understand that technology is only one element to achieve it, the key is the active participation of communities throughout the whole process of a technological development.

We seek to continue impacting and transforming our world together with communities, and we are sure that a great change will only occur if we understand that technology is only one element to achieve it, the key is the active participation of communities throughout the whole process of a technological development.

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