Photographers Fabiola Cedillo , Alessandro Bo and Fernanda García @ DINA Photography Group are the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributors of this documentary photography. From the project ‘BARTER | Alternative for subsistence in pandemic’. To see Alessandro’s body of work, click on any image.
This work was supported by the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists.
BARTER | Alternative for subsistence in pandemic
During the current humanitarian crisis, we have witnessed the resurgence of de-monetization practices, as well as the revaluation of basic trades as an alternative to a more dignified and equitable life. This report produced in Cuenca, Ecuador focuses and tells the story of three women: Tatiana, Gemma and Fanny; who affected by the economic crisis, mostly due to the pandemic and inspired by the Andean worldview; found in barter a great solution to sustain their economy. This ancestral practice, typical of indigenous communities, has made its way in several cities as an organic response to the health emergency and the economic crisis.
Gemma Rosas, born in Barcelona, arrived to Ecuador as a representative of the Spanish Red Cross. Writer and illustrator of children’s books and mother of three children, born and raised in the Amazon for over 15 years of her life. After confinement, loses her job and her regular income. During this time, she begins to exchange her books in exchange for various products and services to support her three children.
Tatiana Rodríguez, Andean agronomist and chef. She has a restaurant called “La Chichería”. As a result of the pandemic, her business went bankrupt, so she begins to look for other alternatives to survive with her family. Trough bartering, she manages to reactivate her business, have a house to live in and generate a network where she constantly exchanges products and services.
Fanny lives on the outskirts of Cuenca on a farm called “Learnaya”. To support her family, she produces organic food that she later exchanges with other products and services. For example, during the pandemic she welcomes three travelers who remain in Cuenca, unable to return to their countries of origin, they, in return work on the farm’s vegetable garden.
All images and text © Dina Photography Group: Fabiola Cedillo, Alessandro Bo, Fernanda Garcia
By Alessandro Bo
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