bearing fruit

Every now and again we have a chatwich here at Fruit Towers. (A chatwich is a lunchtime chat accompanied by sandwiches.)

Anyway, today's chatwich was given by Charlotte Garratt from Care International. She's just come back from one of the projects that we support via the innocent foundation, working with indigenous tribes in Ecuador. Here are a few interesting facts that I picked up:

- Care is the world's third largest NGO. They were also at Fruitstock this year.


- the innocent foundation is supporting Care on a project named PROMESA (promise), working with 300 families to help them to produce and sell local fruit and vegetables to generate income and support themselves. This involves practical stuff such as helping these families get their produce to the market, which in the past has been hindered by poor roads and transport in this remote area.


- in Guadelupe village the Shuar and Mestizo people are working together to preserve their traditional way of life, protect their human rights and lift themselves out of poverty. Charlotte told us that the Shuar and Mestizo concept of time is different to our own, in that they don't store things for the future. Not being naturally capitalist, the Shuar are vulnerable to exploitation by developers and illegal loggers.


- fruit grown in the area includes tamarillos, guanabanas, cherimoyas, guayabas and naranjillas (a cross between a tomato and an orange).


- the Shuar tribe is famous for the ancient practice of Tsantsa (head shrinking).

We'd probably better stop there. Anyway, it was a fine chatwich. Nice to know that the money you spend on our drinks ends up somewhere good.