Rafael Rodríguez and María Hernández are making changes that impact their entire community. From their innovative greenhouse with its super efficient irrigation system, to the wood-conserving stoves that are conserving trees and reducing health risks, this couple is paving the way for a bright future in La Candelaria, Panama.
“I’m tired of living like this,” Eliaquim says. “I want to be able to provide for my family. I want air conditioning and a beautiful house. When I tell all of this to my father, he says, ‘Okay, you are welcome to do all of that, but just remember, you can’t eat money.’ I know he’s right. I value the farm and the way I was raised, but it’s not all I want out of life.”
Meet Eliaquim, Joaquín's oldest son (and find out what his daughter, Nathalia, is whispering!).
“What would your grandfather think if he saw the way you’re farming it now?” we ask.
Joaquín looks out at the farm and chuckles. His laugh, like his voice, is quiet, gentle, and slightly wheezy.
“He’d laugh,” he says, with a twinkle in his eye. He’d laugh because Joaquín’s farm looks nothing like it did back in the early 1990’s.