Mano a Mano’s agronomist Juan Carlos Cardenas recently visited Jironkota, Bolivia where we have constructed many greenhouses in partnership with community farmers. Juan Carlos was visiting Jironkota in response to a request for help in controlling pests in their greenhouse. Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture, based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, provides training and tools for rural Bolivan farmers to improve food security and nutrition.

Jironkota, Bolivia (the yellow-topped buildings are Mano a Mano greenhouses).

Here he asks local resident Don Pastor about his greenhouse:

Juan Carlos begins his interviewing in Spanish but the leaders almost always answer in Quechua. Mano a Mano creates partnerships with Bolivian communities, and part of that partnership-based approach is appreciating and respecting the different languages and cultures of the rural communities we partner with (mostly Quechua-speaking); our 4 counterpart organizations based in Cochabamba, Bolivia (Spanish-speaking); and our US office, donors, and volunteers based in St. Paul, Minnesota (mostly English-speaking).

Translation of Juan Carlos’ Interview, With Time Stamps:

  • :02-:07 (Mano a Mano Agronomist) We are here in Jironkota in Don Pastor’s greenhouse
  • :07–:13 We can precisely see the production
  • :17 Production is visible. They are keeping it maintained.
  • :23 We are here with two leaders who want to talk about the project
  • :25 Is the project (greenhouse) of help?
  • :39 These vegetables are of help thanks to don Segundino (Segundo Velasquez is Mano a Mano’s Co-Founder).
  • :46 We are grateful. These vegetables keep us healthy. These products keep us healthy. We do not sell any.
  • :55 We do not sell. Thank you.
  • 1:03 We had become aware that the plants are infested. Today we have learned how to cure them.
  • 1:06 For example, here you see the dust.
  • 1:16 Here too, you see aphids infecting the plants.
  • 1:26 How are we going to cure, eliminate this disease that is infecting our plants
  • 1:41 Thank you, you helped us with these greenhouses. The entire family consumes.
  • 1:44 We do not sell.
  • 1:45 We are nourished.
  • 1:48 Children go to school well fed.
  • 1:51 And our children learn.
  • 2:02 Today we have learned to cure the plants.
  • 2:07 We fumigated. Bugs were showing up.
  • 2:14 We have made them disappear.
  • 2:17 Once they are gone, the plant recuperates. We can eat it and get nourished.
  • 2:23 We’re very grateful.
  • 2:32 It is our hope you will be able to help us in the future. We are in need of housing so we can live better. Now we have lights (electricity).

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