What is special about our jams is that they are produced by a group of women from our community; this is something much more important than people generally think it is…
Years before we started up our alternative, sustainable initiatives, we accompanied our husbands and worked cutting down trees or making charcoal ovens inside the forest. Most of the time we would have to carry a child on our back and sometimes another in our womb. It was a great physical effort and furthermore, at home, every woman had to do the chores, cooking etc., this was work that none of the men valued. For these reasons we decided to come together in the hope of creating our own income, gaining some independence from our husbands and making them see the value in our work.
Our husbands were forming an organized group with the support of Maquipucuna, and we asked ourselves why we couldn’t do something similar.
In June 1997 we formed our group, “Mamapallo”, named after the mountain next to our community. The word means woman leader or mother leader. We looked for an appropriate place for a vegetable garden and started our activities. At this time there was a volunteer in the community who encouraged us to make jam. It was she who taught us the recipe and technique which we still use today.
When we started to leave our homes more, the men started to appreciate the work that we had been doing in the house and began to value us and help us more. After some years the women’s and men’s initiatives joined forces and we all became shareholders of the Yunguilla Corporation.
Buying our jams is a way to support us and to help us to make our dreams a reality. Also, don’t forget, Yunguilla’s jams don’t contain any artificial additives like colorants, flavorings or preservatives. We have 4 great flavours: blackberry, strawberry, physalis (goldenberry) and andean papaya.