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Motosierra

Living Off The Land – Part 6

Motosierra.

…..continued from: Making Charcoal –

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Yoel told me that he could save 3 or 4 days work if he had a chainsaw. I had already realized this when I saw the ax beside the pile of logs.

Upon returning to Havana I started to investigate the possibility of purchasing a chainsaw. I hate to see anyone work harder than they have to.

I asked my “Cuban daughter” Sussy, where we could buy a chainsaw. “Very expensive in the store” she said. “But, I will look on the internet”.

It seems as though there is a sort of Craigslist/E-Bay available if one knows where to look. She found several, with photos, in Havana. Capitalism at its best. They even deliver!

Brand new. Still in the box. Just the right size. A deal was struck.

I called Yoel and with some translation help, asked when he could come to Havana because I had a “special gift for his family.” He was able to come two days later and I presented him the “Motosierra”.

I explained to him as I will explain to you now, that this gift was not from me alone. I have a very small group of close friends who travel with me to Cuba. We have met good people there and want to help improve their lives. These friends are not able to travel to the island as often as I am, but they provide financial, emotional, and moral support to the wonderful families that we have met. I am merely an agent.

I want to recognize and thank Louise, Kate, Pam, Susan, and Robert for all they do to help our friends. This is only one example. The list is too long to detail all the purchases and construction projects they have been involved in and all the goodwill they have spread. Thank you all.

Photo by Robert Ortiz

Photo by Robert Ortiz

 

Living Off The Land

 

Living Off The Land –

Part 5 –

Making Charcoal –

The whole process to make a batch of charcoal takes Yoel eight to ten days. He must cut all the trees with an ax, haul them out of the forest with oxen and then chop them into smaller logs.

This solid pile of logs will burn slowly for three or four days.

The charcoal will then be bagged for sale or used in the family home.

Cooking with home-made charcoal.

These are not the briquettes one buys at a big chain store.

 

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Living Off The Land

Part 4 –

Where They Live

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The main home where five live is a short walk from the house of Yoel.

The dining area.

One of the food preparation areas.

Pot holders and rags.

Un baño

Dianelis at the other cooking area.

This “stove” uses charcoal that the family produces and sells to earn a few pesos to pay for electricity.  Cooking with charcoal also saves on expensive bottled gas.

Congris in the making.

Pig Pen.

A motorized bicycle used to go to into town.

Another motor that needs to be rebuilt. I was surprised to see the brand name “Stihl”. It was easy for me to order new  parts.

Note the bags of charcoal for sale.

Pumping water by hand.

A home-made spear gun used to “fish”.

These wires bring electricity to the home.

Living Off the Land

Part 3 –

Meet The Family

 

Noel is the father of Yoel

Noel and his granddaughter Libetsy.

Repairing the child’s doll.

The three brothers, Yoel, Jorge Luis, and Juniel with their father.

I kept thinking of “Bonanza”

Imara is the wife of Juniel and Dianelis is Yoel’s sister.

Juniel and daughter Libetsy.

Imara and Libetsy.

Dianelis prepared congris over a charcoal fire.

Lunch – Fried chicken, congris, aguacate, cucumbers, yucca, fresh guava juice.

Delicious!