Roxana Añez lives with her husband and nine children in an indigenous community on the shores of the river Beni in the Bolivian Amazon.
Since sending girls to school was not considered important Roxana barely learned to read or write. She felt invisible.
‘I was clever and brave. I had lots of ideas in my head but when I wanted to participate in community meetings nobody ever listened to me, or to any of the women.’
With the support of Christian Aid, Roxana now represents the women at her community council and she has helped to introduce solar ovens. The ovens signal huge changes in how the community manage their time and their environment. No longer stuck in the kitchen, the women are speaking up.
Things do not change quickly, there is still a long way to go, we really have to fight for our voices to be heard. But my voice is getting stronger every day.
- Roxana Añez.
At first, the large industry insiders were dismissive and not inclined to take me seriously. They now pay attention. They have seen that Scottish Wood is not only sustainable and local, but also efficient and profitable.
- Maggie Birley.