Hector Mamamoni and Veritas Chaves

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Here you have Hector at his threshing machine- basically a lawn mower motor that seperates the grain from the chaff, after it has been harvested by sicle. Known as a ‘trillador’ the coop is investing in these machines to reduce the time the farmers have to spend threshing at harvets, which is traditionally done by hand with a big stick. Given these machines are worth almost $1000, they are beyond the reach of most small holders, so makes eminent sense to buy them centrally and share them out as part of the advantage of being a member of the cooperative. And yes his hat does look out of place- looks like it should be in Vietnam! But does wonders for protecting from the high UV rays that you get at 4000m above sea level.