One of the important ecoservices we offer at Humans for Abundance are the agroecology workshops for our ecological restorers; these courses are open to anybody from the Amazon region who is interested in restoring the rainforest, and they are free of charge for the participants.
Before Covid-19, the theoretical portion of the workshops took place in a community hall. The practical part took place in the fields, where, for example, the participants learned how to build structures for agroecology, or to make fertilizer.
Due to the state of emergency, the workshop instructor, Didier Galindo, has not been able to reach Mushullakta... physically.
We decided the workshops couldn't wait, so we took advantage of the available technology and connected Didier and the community via cell phone and through WhatsApp.
Twice a week, the workshop participants get together for the call with Didier, where he shares the theoretical segment. Then, through WhatsApp, he sends the instructions and photos for the practical part of the course. Each week, he sends specific tasks to be completed by the workshop participants.
During this workshop, the participants are learning how to make bamboo planters and how to make compost from organic waste; for example, with food waste, grass, dry leaves, manure, soil, ground coal, ashes, among other organic matter. They learn everything step by step, with very practical and clear instructions.
The participants are also learning about the uses for wood ash; it contains macro and micronutrients that help regulate the pH of the typically acidic soils of the Amazon. In addition, they are leaning how to make organic liquid fertilizer using stinging nettle, a very common plant in the Amazon.
If you wish to support this community, you can buy the ecoservices they offer here. It's a very good way to give back to nature the resources that you take from it, while creating an important social and economic impact in the lives of these people.