The Other Hundred Stories from Around The Americas
Post on 19-Aug-2015
- 1. The Other Hundred is a unique photo-book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of people around the world who are not rich but who deserve to be celebrated.Its 100 photo-stories move beyond the stereotypes and clichs that fill so much of the worlds media to explore the lives of people whose aspirations and achievements are at least as noteworthy as any member of the worlds richest 1,000. Selected from 11,000 images shot in 158 countries and submitted by nearly 1,500 photographers, The Other Hundred celebrates those who will never find themselves on the worlds rich lists or celebrity websites. Visit www.theotherhundred.com for more info
- 2. Carlos Enrique Marroquin runs Maya Pedal, a non-profit organisation that turns unwanted bicycles into pedal-powered machines. Set up in 1997 in the small southern Guatemalan town of San Andrs Itzapa, Maya Pedals products include blenders for making fruit drinks or grinders for processing corn. Some are used in small businesses, others to make daily life less arduous.
- 3. One local womens group uses a Maya Pedal machine to make aloe vera shampoo. Sales of the shampoo, as well as providing income for the women in the group, have also helped buy saplings for a local reforestation project. Another group uses a pedalpowered pump to raise drinking water in a 30-foot well. Staffed by volunteers, Maya Pedal also puts together fully working bicycles from donated parts, selling them to local people at affordable prices. With its tools and machines, the workshop is also an important resource for local needs from sharpening a machete to mending a football.
- 4. Riley, 2, never seems to leave his stroller as his mother, Brittany, and stepfather, Nelson, panhandle their way from street to street and borough to borough. He eats little. Most of what he does eat costs less than US$0.99 an item. That seems to be how the family budgets: all food and drink items must cost US$0.99 or less. The rule doesnt hold for cigarettes or K2, a marijuana substitute.Nelson met Brittany at a shelter. Because couples arent allowed into shelters in New York, rather than spend any time apart, they decided to live together on the streets with Riley. Rileys stroller is used to carry their few belongings.
- 5. Cruzton, a small village in the Chiapas mountains of southern Mexico, is home to four families of the Tzotzil people, one of several indigenous Mayan communities in the region. The families have lived in the area for at least several generations, growing corn and raising pigs, chickens and turkeys. Their homes have electricity, but the area has no medical facilities and its roads remain unmetalled. The nearest town is two hours drive away, most of it along a dirt track. The families have two off-road vehicles but seldom use them. Apart from in an emergency or for transporting a heavy load, they move around by horse or on foot. Each year, after the corn harvest, they sell part of their produce in the towns market to earn a little cash to buy food and other necessities.
- 6. Every year on the second day of February, a large crowd gathers at Ramirez beach in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, to celebrate the festival of Yemanj, an African sea goddess who protects fishermen, symbolises motherhood and owns all the seas fruits and riches. Many people bring offerings to thank her and ask for her blessing and protection in the year ahead. Some of these are placed on small altars lit with candles, others are put into small f loats that are then released onto the sea.
- 7. Megan works at Crazy Mountain Cattle Company, a 2,000-acre ranch in Montana, near the small town of Big Timber on the Boulder River.Her job is to take care of the cattle. Every morning, she gets up early and lets the ranchs 20 or so horses out of their barns, then drives its herd of a few hundred cattle to fresh pasture. If she ever needs help, Rick, the ranchs owner, pitches in. She earns US$800 a month plus free meat and accommodation in a trailer home. Megan spends most of her evenings in the trailer making saddles, a craft practised by her family for generations. She has only recently starting using a computer, and even now doesnt have her own email address. Occasionally her boyfriend comes to visit for a day or two when he has a few days off.
- 8. Hernn Pallo, 45, with Wellington, 3, one of his seven sons, at their family home 57 kilometres into the woods of Ecuadors Llanganates National Park. Hernn bought this spot in 1993, three years before the area was declared a national park in 1996. As well as farming, the family makes wooden spoons from alder. They sell these at a market in Salcedo, the nearest town, some 65 kilometres away, which they travel to in the family truck. Three of Hernns sons work with him raising pigs. The others go to school in Salcedo, staying there with relatives.
- 9. The Global Institute For Tomorrow GIFT is an independent pan-Asian think and do tank dedicated to advancing an understanding of: The evolving social contracts that exist between the public, private, and civil sectors; The shift of economic and political power from the West to the East; The reshaping of the rules of global capitalism. We ask the question - what does this mean for Asia? GIFT engages with future leaders through an exceptional approach to executive education. Our unique action-learning programmes equip participants to lead effectively and succeed in a rapidly changing and globalised world. Visit www.global-inst.com for more details
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