BRAVO BUENAVISTA! Before you watch the video, back read the two stories below to get a context of this new Rescue Buy. After you have done so, click on the video. See how men who truly want to help themselves deserve all the help that they can get. We would like to bring the full purchasing might of Rural Rising to go to Guinayangan and embrace them. Bravo! Mabuhay po kayong lahat diyan sa Brgy. San Vicente, Buenavista, Quezon.
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TULUNGAN QUEZON. When life throws you down, you get up. But what do you do when life sits on your chest? You try your best to breath. This was all I can think about when I saw these pictures. Oh, the poor papaya farmers of Quezon! We feel so much pain for them right now. It’s bad enough that you cannot make a proper living on what your land gives you but when you lose it all completely like this, what else can you do? They were so happy last week when our group took 1.5 tons of papaya off their hands. For the first time in months, they said, they made a profit. It was the one time that the jeepney came home empty. Imagine how happy we were to hear that. Imagine how sad we are to see this, the work of Typhoon Quinta. When the province came under Signal No 3, some of the farmers were evacuated to town. They came home the next morning to this: homes damaged and trees ruined. A roof you can replace but trees? You can only replant them and wait for fruit. Paano na sa panahon ngayon?
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THE GYPSY PAPAYA FARMERS OF QUEZON. I am writing on behalf of a group of brave papaya farmers that are trying to help themselves. They are from the small town in Quezon province. Every week, they pool their money to hire a jeepney and cram it with as much papaya as it can carry and take it as far as it’s allowed. They are lucky to be able to reach the Pasig City Public Market, six hours and 250 kilometres away. They can only load as much (1,500 ~ 1,800 kilos), sell as much (the better half of their cargo) and stay as long (two days because any day longer, the jeep rentals starts costing more than the profit). With half a jeep of unsold and ripening papayas, they make their slow way back to their hometown. They make brief stops at the towns of Imus in Cavite, in the Batangas town of Sto. Tomas, and in the Quezon towns of Lucena and Sariaya in an effort to sell more. So many towns, so many buyers hands that pinched and poked their papayas, they always end up with about 400 kilos unsold. Every trip is a loss, and it has been this way for months. Every week these farmers have been calling and texting and begging for us to take some papaya. Close to midnight last night, they messaged again. They are about to go not he road again, please will we take take some papaya the week? I fell asleep feeling very sorry for the state of these farmers, for the state of my countrymen. I woke up feeling that we should do something for them.
Sharing with you a series of pictures.
Picture 1: The Gypsy Papaya Farmers in one of the public market stops
Pictures 2 to 4: Their precious papaya trees devastated by the storm
Watch this video and see how resilient these farmers are, and how beautiful the papayas are inspite of the fact that they grew from stumps thrown down by the storm. We cannot, after all the hard work and hope that the farmers put into this, allow for their papayas to be bought at next to nothing.
We are taking the group to Buenavista, Quezon on a Rescue Buy. Every member who contributes P600 gets a bag of papayas, 10 kilos inside. Founder Members get 12 kilos.
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