SARA GOUDARZI is a Brooklyn
writer and holds a master’s
in journalism from New York
University and in bioresource
engineering from Rutgers
University. Her non-fiction has
appeared in National Geographic
News, The American Scholar and
CNN.com, as well as Scholastic’s
Science World Magazine, among
others. She teaches writing at NYU
and is also an avid writer of poetry
Huautla de Jiménez is a town of 35,000 in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Four hours from the nearest city, it is not an easy place for people who do not live there to reach. That has not stopped outsiders from coming to visit the small town, which earned a reputation in the 1960s for its hallucinogenic mushrooms. But travelers passing through
over the decades have had relatively little impact on the day-to-day life of Huautla.
Most of its residents earn a living by running small farms or shops, and the town is
largely sustained by what the locals can grow and trade.
Ninety-seven percent of Mexicans have access to the electricity
grid. The remaining three percent are often so remote that they
lack most modern services. One group of homegrown socially-
driven engineers is determined to change that by delivering
affordable solar power.
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