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Cuba: Cuban Farm Balances Finances and Environmentalism

When farmer Eloisa Bocourt requested the lease on the hill that had been used as a quarry to build a highway, it had already been invaded by marabu bush weeds. After five years of hard work, she now has an enviable farm full of medicinal plants, fruit trees and flowers.

Bocourt is a teacher who left the classroom to farm a destitute piece of land and to share her knowledge by giving workshops to children from the community near the La Caridad campsite in Soroa, a place known for its botanical orchid garden in the Artemisa province.

This farmer receives some financial support from the Conectando paisajes project which was founded with international funding, and focuses on conserving biodiversity.

“As a woman, it was hard for me to convince people that I could farm this piece of land that nobody else wanted, alone with my son and family. I proved that we women are strong and determined to farm land,” Bocourt said.

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