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A family from Puerto Lopez in Cuenca

This last week I met a family, originally from Otavalo, that has fled here from Puerto Lopez, where they had a tienda to sell hand-crafted goods to the tourists. The tienda is rubble, their home likewise, and tourist traffic is nonexistent. Fortunately, none of them were hurt in the earthquake, but now they have to start over. They managed to salvage most of their goods from the rubble of their shop, and are now working to sell their stuff here in Cuenca. They are not looking for handouts, but are looking for customers. They are selling handmade tablecloths and runners, alpaca scarves, backpacks, and more other stuff than I can describe here.

Luiz just called me last night and said that they have a permit from the Municipio for one week to sell their wares in the little park on the corner of Presidente Cordova y Presidente Borrero, which is just a couple of blocks from Parque Calderon. They will be there from May 2-9, in the hopes of selling enough to enable them to open a tienda here in Cuenca, since they expect it will be years before Puerto Lopez has good tourist traffic again.

So, if you would like to help out a family that is working hard to get back on their feet after the earthquake, or if you would just like a good deal on some quality hand-made crafts from Otavalo, come by the corner of Cordova y Borrero this week and say "Hola" to Luiz and Mirian.

Gordon Foreman: 098 348 3798. Call after 9 AM.

City: Cuenca