There was an anniversary celebration in Quillabamba and the Machigangas came up from the jungle to participate and sell some of the crafts that they make. They have very distinct characteristics, much different than the people from the mountains. They have their own language but many of them also speak Spanish.
We made rings and earrings yesterday at the Sunflower orphanage. The kids caught on quickly and loved the activity.
The Tucsan village school that we helped build on the first Galileo Foundation expedition is functioning and has it’s teacher, Gabriela. A few pictures from the school follow.
Fernanda’s aunt was a delightful woman and she also made a bracelet from the cord. We did the training in her front yard. She had a wonderful laugh.
I found my first village trainer/distributor of the micro-franchise called “cord to connect the world”. She has agreed to train several of the villagers in making the rings, earrings and bracelets. I left her enough material to train about a dozen people and plan to check back with her and her group in a couple of weeks to see how well trained they are. Some of the women only spoke Quechua, but she spoke both Spanish and Quechua well. Here she is!