Nuts for the Rainforest
Drinking chicha with Carmen in Campana Cocha.
Rainforest Jewelry made from Tagua
Nuts for the Rainforest came about because I lived in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador many years ago in a small community on the banks of the Napo River, a tributary to the Amazon River. I went there ostensibly on a vacation, but one thing led to another, and I found a job teaching English as a Second Language; I can only hope my students learned as much as I did while I was there.
It was humbling and inspiring to live with people who co-exist with nature. It is a delicate balance, and I saw how quickly the balance can be upset when I returned for a visit some years later and a new road had appeared in order to aid oil exploration. The lungs of the planet don't have a chance without making some essential changes.
I have continued to teach English as a Second Language throughout the years but have always been on the lookout for a way to stay connected and to play a part in the rainforest's preservation. Promoting tagua is my small contribution, and I invite you to be a part of helping to save this important ecosystem.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful jewelry as much as I do,