Belizean Solar Power Champion

Commonwealth Point of Light 108. Florentina Choco

Florentina Choco, representing Belize, has introduced solar energy in her local community which is serving to empower marginalised women and children.

Florentina Choco

Having grown up with limited economic resources and no formal education, Florentina was nominated by her community to study solar electrification, becoming the first indigenous solar engineer from Belize to graduate from Barefoot College in India. Upon her return, Florentina trained people in her village to set up over 68 solar energy systems, giving over 350 villagers in her community reliable and clean electricity. The solar powered light that Florentina has introduced to her community allows women in particular to learn and work at night.

The award for Florentina will be presented by the Governor General, His Excellency, Sir Colville Young at a reception at the British High Commission Residence.

Claire Evans OBE, UK High Commissioner in Belize, said:
“I am delighted that Florentina Choco has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen as a Commonwealth Point of Light.

“Florentina’s hard work and enthusiasm for the environment has had a wonderful impact on her entire community. It is impressive that now 387 villagers have reliable, clean electricity and that the entire community uses solar energy. Florentina is truly an inspiration!”

Florentina said:

”I am humbled and it is a privilege to be one of the Commonwealth Points of Light award recipients. It inspires me to carry on working in my community and continue with my efforts to combat climate change, as I continue to empower women and young girls in this innovation of renewable energy.

“My advice for all women and young girls is to be humble and follow your dreams. Anything is possible if you work towards it. Once again, thank you!”

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