Our project partners at ACOMUITA (Association of Women of Talamanca) and at APPTA (Association of Small Producers of Talamanca) have recommended Amubri, an Indigenous BriBri community, as a wonderful place to begin the Estufa Finca Project. So we decided to pay a visit to this beautiful town today.

To get there, we hopped on a bus and then transferred to another bus up a dirt road. Before continuing our journey, we stopped at ACOMUITA to try some of their delicious organic artisan chocolate! We then crossed the river in a motorized dug-out canoe and then caught a ride down another dirt road in a banana transport truck.

When we crossed the river the sun was blaring down, so striking we knew we must be getting as much vitamin D as we get in a whole summer in Seattle. By the time we made it to Amubri, dark menacing rain clouds were approaching, and sure enough, it poured. We were fortunate enough to have timed the rainfall with our lunch at a quaint little restaurant in Amubri.

With a population of about 2,000 people, Amubri has a health center, a police station, a high school, a cultural center, a church and a children’s nutrition center.  Most families produce cacao, banana, and plantain for sale and other crops for personal consumption.

Some families can afford to cook with propane, but almost every family has a traditional fogón, or open fire for cooking. The Costa Rican government has funded a program to support affordable cement houses for families. Although many families now live in these modern cement houses, the majority still have a traditional wood and thatch house next door that serves as the kitchen and the location for the fogón.

Even in our brief visit, it became apparent what a wonderful, organized, and welcoming community Amubri is. There is a need for the Estufa Finca technology and a community eager to gain access to this clean energy. We can’t wait to begin working together with the families of Amubri!