Approximately 250 families in Seven Miles El Progresso Village, Cayo District, now have access to electricity after the government installed power lines to run through the village. The project was carried out by the Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union and was inaugurated on November 1. The implementation of the system was done at a cost of approximately 650 thousand dollars. According to Minister of Works, Rene Montero, the implementation of electricity to the village opens up new economic and investment opportunities.
Rene Montero, Minister of Works: “They have been clamoring for it, they have been waiting for this electricity because as I said everybody will benefit. We have the tour guides will benefit because they’ll be able to get jobs in the tourist industry in resorts. You have the young students who are graduating from SET will be able to get jobs, more opportunities for everybody you know from the young to the adults and it’s something that everybody will enjoy. I am responsible for nine villages and all the villages that I am responsible for have electricity. We have Buena Vista, you have Selena, San Marcos, Santa Teresita and even La Gracia that is remote has solar system. So we have been working and we intend to ensure that all the villages across this country gets electrified.”
One person from the village stated that prior to gaining access to electricity there were many difficulties faced especially when he was attending school.
Juan Pablo Lara, Villager: “When I went to high school I had to rely on the candles as well, it was a really hard challenge for me at the time and also for the other colleagues that went to school as well, it was very difficult for us to do our homework especially when we had homework to use the internet and we did not have access to the internet; all of that will change with the electrification right now. Also the very huge change for the students that are starting high school or that are in high school already they’ll be able to hook their laptops up and very soon have internet and get the homework done much easier and at the same time reducing the risk of the home catching fire. Those that rely on solar panels and our generators we will no longer use them because we will have the electricity and then we won’t have to be facing the risk of our batteries running out especially when it’s raining because during that time that is when you have your television or refrigerator on that will suck off more battery and then it will just shut down but with the electricity I believe that will help us as well.”
According Jose Pablo Lara, as far as he remembers the village had light posts but there were never any electrical lines on them until now.