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,