Silvana and her family took a rare afternoon off from their Restaurant Exclusivo. These gals juggle university studies with restaurant responsibilities!
Tapping into photos from the past year, I present some of the hard-working women from the Jama (Ecuador) area.
Nelly took a rare break from her restaurant for Mother’s Day 2013.
Most of these women touch my life on a weekly basis, if only through a smile as we pass on the street.
I always pause to speak to the ladies who keep our streets free of litter!
Sometimes they are quite weary at the end of the day. But they can usually reach down and find an honest smile.
Sorting through these images made me wistful for those syrupy long-ago days in the Mississippi Delta. We did not need trendy gadgets or sleek modes of transportation. We delighted in tending the vegetable garden and shelling peas and beans in the cool shade of the mid-day sun. Life in Manabi Province in Ecuador reminds me of those days.
Women of many classes cross my path, and they embrace me into their circles with grand smiles.
This month one of four smiling women greeted me at the water department!
Which do you think is the boss?
Water Dept Smiles
Genuine smiles at the water dpt!
How can one not love these women in this little corner of Ecuador?!
Carmen organizes our Postal Service in Mayberry RFD style!
Working til midnight for the Quito Bus Company, she is back at work around 7:30 in the morning!
Sharing daytime duties at Hostal Ciragan, this lovely angel will brighten anyone’s day!
Owner of Hostal Ciragan, Gloria often rolls up her sleeves to help clean the rooms!
Lovely Gema loves to practice her English so that her students learn more as well!
This barely touches the crammed folder of images that represents the lovely women of the Jama area.
Erika, director of tourism
Santa takes a break from her tienda.
Nelly at La Division
Who needs fancy transportation?!
Would you like to see more of my friends later this week?