Durangoan makes tea his mission

Durangoan makes tea his mission

For millennia, Ecuador natives have used it for energy, medicine
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Nigel Melican, a British tea-industry consultant, foreground, discusses ways to prune year-old guayusa trees with Durangoan Nick Olson,kneeling, operations manager for Runa LLC. Runa employees in leadership positions, Alexandra Humanante, Alex Hermosa and Elias Alvarado, left to right, pay close attention. The Ecuadorans are learning modern cultivation practices.
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Quichuan children and Cassandra Walker, program manager for the nonprofit side of Runa, prepare potted guayusa shoots for delivery to Runa regional nurseries. The nursery project, to increase the availability to Quichuan farmers of guayusa shoots for planting, was funded by USAID.
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Silverio Mamallacta, the Runa lead field technician and descendant of a long line of medicine men, discusses the properties of the guayusa. Tea made from guayusa leaves is a ceremonial libation, herbal medicine and energy drink.
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