Over the course of my life I have come to notice that no source of information stands a chance next to actually getting out there and experiencing; so this passing week, we took our project to its point of origin, Pucusana. On Monday the members of Mi Pescador Peruano, went for a visit to km 57, a mass fishing site for artisanal fishermen who make a living by selling their produce to providers.
It was truly incredible speaking to these hard-working men who spend numerous days out at sea, only to be rewarded with a mere 1 sol per kilogram of fish. Listening to their stories truly changed my perspective of the whole fishing industry; I was amazed of how different their lives where from us. These men lead truly unstable lives, they face real ambiguity, given the prices of their work tend to change overnight. When there is little competition their fish can be sold to a price of 6 soles, yet when the market is full the prices drop exponentially.
What I enjoy the most about this project is that we actually have the opportunity to change the lives of those who are less fortunate, to honestly make a difference. If anything this field trip has served as a true inspiration, only after actually seeing what I have read being portrayed before my eyes was i able to notice the bigger issue at hand. Now I am completely aware that this is a problem that has to be addressed, and i am glad to say that I'm going to be one of the people who lets these stories be told to the world.
“The earth has music for those who listen.”