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A journey into the Enel world among places, people and technologies

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Enel’s Peru in the Photography of Alessandro Cosmelli

Alessandro Cosmelli brings us on a journey through his eyes and camera. Italy, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Russia, Slovakia, Romania and the United States are all countries in which Enel operates, and which Cosmelli has documented in order to provide a visual testimonial not just of the Group’s business, but above all of its recent achievements in research and sustainability, the most ambitious projects and the most poignant stories of our colleagues.

Peru is among the countries involved in this journey in pictures. For Enel, Peru means first and foremost hydroelectric power, such as the Yanango plant (43.8 MW), located in the St. Ramon district, 280 km from Lima; Moyopamapa (69 MW) and Huampani (31 MW), both in Chosica; and Chimay (150 MW), from which the communities surrounding Curibamba get their electric city.

Curibamba is another symbol of Enel’s work in the country: a social inclusion project aimed at improving infrastructure, but also and more importantly the living conditions of the communities living in the area.

Here, thanks to the help of colleagues working in the region, Cosmelli was able to document how in areas located approximately 300 km away from Lima (6 hours by car into the Peruvian Andes), Edegel, an Enel subsidiary and power generation operator, is busy promoting the socio-economic development of local communities. In fact, some communities only gained access to electricity in 2012.

With his pictures, Cosmelli tells stories that focus on the people as they live their day-to-day in these places, such as Carlo Vilcas, a civil engineer. Carlos is proud of his worksite experience. He is very satisfied with his work and with the Curibamba project, for which he was in charge of technical aspects, anything having to do with the future hydroelectric plant, which, once online, will have an installed capacity of nearly 200 MW.

Then there is Uriel De La Vega, in charge of community relations at Curibamba. Uriel has worked for Edegel for years and in 2012, when he took on his current role, he lived for nearly a year among the local community, something he is very proud of: “I lived here, eating and sleeping with them, and I did so in order for them to accept us and to communicate to them the message that both the company and the community will profit from this exchange”.

The surrounding lands affected by the Curibamba project were ideal for coffee growing, but the farmers here were not able to produce satisfactory yields. A lack of good machinery, suitable infrastructure and technical knowledge posed obstacles that made it difficult for them to produce beans to market standard, leading many to give up on the practice.

And so Edegel began working with farming families, with a team of experts offering long-term on-site training in production and crop monitoring techniques. This direct, concrete support amounted to 60% of the operational costs, not dispensed in money but in services conceived to enhance yields that resulted in a high quality coffee bean harvest.

The results have exceeded expectations. Today about 150 families are taking part in the project. These include Maria and her husband Juan, both subjects of Cosmelli’s portraits. Maria was the first woman to grow coffee. Today she has 5,000 plants and a hectare of cultivated land: “The production process is long and takes hard work”, she explains “and requires a healthy dose of patience and faith”.

Today Curibamba coffee is sold raw and processed by the retailer Bisetti, or else packed and sold by the growers themselves at fairs to promote the visibility of their products, also under the Bisetti brand. In future Edegel would like to position the product by differentiating the growers’ harvest by quality (not all coffees are equal).

Cosmelli also had a chance to capture the operations of Edelnor in Lima, the Peruvian capital, which employ about 700 people. The company has 20 years of experience under its belt, 2 locations and 1.2 million customers.