Aymara mountains, Bolivia

Photo by Marco Garofalo

hydro mini-grid

The family gathers near the lama-dung fueled stove to enjoy some heat. Lamas supply most of the energy needs of the mountain Aymara tribal groups: wool to weave clothes, dung for cooking and heating and, before the hydro came, fat to light the wick in the darkness of the night. It does not power a TV, charge a mobile phone or activate the mixer.