MaryLou, a local Peruvian farmer, had us in tears letting us know the personal history of Peru and how our intercultural Permaculture Design Course with Penny Livingston has given her hope. She said beyond the learning the sessions and creating a design project, it was coming together as a team that really moved her the most.
Even though these women are the only organic farmers in the market, they often found themselves in competition to make ends meet. MaryLou says the dialogues we had in the permaculture process opened their eyes to collaboration and new models of working together to benefit the whole- and have now successfully created organic CSA baskets in the Sacred Valley called Canastas Verdes.
We are humbled to have played a tiny part in supporting this indigenous female-led initiative to extend its impact in creating health for the land and health for the people.