One hazy afternoon little Enok came round with an arm full of pompas – hard wooden segments that fall freely from the tree in the football field next to our garden.
We saw them and instantly knew their potential – as the boats that transport people to and from the village to the next town. These boats here are called lanchas. They are brightly coloured and can hold up to 30 people.
The lanchas have roofs made from a taut material publicizing local beer, fizzy drinks, snacks. So we are going to use old drinks cans.
We have started to make them and show them to people, who seem to like them and think we can sell them. We hope to sell them in tourist towns – Antigua, by Lake Atitlan, as well as in our shop/workshop/diner that we are going to rent with Priscilla, the owner of the local diner – ‘el comedor’. We are also going to pay some of the local kids to sell them in the hotels here to tourists.
The grand plan is to teach people how to make them and then pay them for the finished products they make and sell them under our brand, recognising each maker and paying them a good price.