|Farmers returning home- Ayabaca|
|My enclosed garden - Piura|
With Lambayeque, it is the original home of Pima cotton. Piura also produces bananas, coconuts, rice and other fruits as local income.
Its development has been favored also by the petroleum found in the ocean of Talara Province, fishing is blessed by two ocean currents, silver mines are common and phosphate plants popping up along the coast.
|Rural women buying bread|
(Jeremy grabs some for us)
I remember when Jeremy and I were trying to track down weavers on the coast, we came across some pretty rough areas with dirt roads, no plumbing or electricity, grandparents raising the children while both parents worked menial jobs, and yet there was always amazing hospitality and graciousness.
|Rural school- note desert|
|Women & children getting water|
Here I present some photos I took of the contrasts of this area. For me the riches went far beyond the materialism I found in the "upper echelons" but was found in the people themselves.
|"The goat-lady" who grazed her goats in our wealthy area- Piura|
|30 cents taxi- Piura|
|Elena shopping- Piura|
|Fishermen who give best fish in world!|