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"For three months, I travelled to eight different communities in Guatemala, Belize, Salvador, Ecuador and Mexico, collecting images and stories of fifteen illiterate and impoverished indigenous mothers and grandmothers. These women, who had never before travelled beyond their remote communities, left their husbands, children and their entire existence, to embark on an incredible journey to bring light to their communities ... and a new life. 

I created this book as an intimate diary to link you with unique examples of empowerment, dignity and courage. I have gathered hundreds of moments frozen in time, transcriptions and personal entries to bring the reader and the viewer into this remote world—one we never imagined still existed.

Doña Luz: Solar Mama Stories chronicles the story not only of forgotten people, survivors of genocide, victims of ongoing prejudice, oil exploitation, land confiscation, and marginalized communities, but also of ambassadors of faith and courage.

From taking a plane for the first time, to hearing new languages, learning English, living in India for six months, training as solar engineers, returning to electrify their entire villages, becoming role models and local heroes, starting businesses inspired by their journeys, and finding respect at home and within their communities, led mostly by men, these women have overcome unimaginable challenges to electrify their communities. 

My approach uses documentary photography and faithful transcription of true stories from these remote and forgotten communities, as well as my personal observations and seeks to understand, question and reveal unknown realities of the world we live in.” 

Varial* Cédric Houin



is available in 3 languages, English, Spanish and French.

Select your Edition in the Book Options.

Category : Education, History, Arts & Photography Books

8×10 in, 20×25 cm, 305 pages

18 chapters, 290 photographs


8x10 Inches - Photo Paper


The Deluxe Edition Of Doña Luz
is available in the language of your choice.

Comprised of the entire script,
the book is designed to be a photo book,
revealing entirely the faces and landscapes
behind the stories.

It is a beautiful object, 11x13 inches,
printed on high-quality paper.
Signed by the Author.



Varial Cedric Houin is a photographer, creative director, filmmaker, writer, explorer, seeker, and musician. Born in Paris, he immigrated to Canada, where for 10 years, he worked as a multi-platform visual creator. Since 2010, he has been travelling around the globe as a nomadic author helping communities, international and local foundations with his photographic, film, design and communication skills and vision.

He has won the Photography Annual Contest of National Geographic Traveler in 2012.

He is supported by Arsenal Contemporary Art Center, Nikon Canada, Impossible Project, The Québec Government Office in New-York, Artnet Auctions.

"Varial has worked with us over the last few years extensively documenting impact and human stories in both photography and print. He has been instrumental in mobilising resources around our organisation and has added a critical dimension to our own understanding of the lives we are affecting."
Meagan Fallone, Director of Barefoot College International


Norma & Varial - Cachimbo 2020

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