1st stop was to ‘Long way home’ where a man from the US was given some land and then after realising how expensive it would be to build, looked into recycling methods and did some research – and then founded this recycling building project. So they employ locals for the job opportunities and teach in local masonry techniques. It is amazing to think about these people about what motivates them to do these projects in the middle of nowhere and really commit. Surely it is more than just having the opportunity and access to a plot of land. For example he talks about wanting to ‘prove’ himself and gain respect by showing to the community that he could dig out the land with his own bare hands. What is behind all of this?
Field Visit - Comalapa - local Kaqchikel Curandera, Maya Works - microcredit cooperative
We then visited the traditional Medicinal women (Cuarandera) which was really exciting. IT was interesting that she said that she found her calling only later in life when she was 48 years old. This is when she started to practice. She presented 5 or 6 different plants that she commonly uses to treat ailments (would love to know more about what these plants are and the connection between her methods and naturopathy practice). She also mentioned that she assists people following surgery including with infections. She says that she eats just plain comida but then if she gets sick will treat herself with herbs.