Monthly Archives: April 2011

Punta Allen, Mexico – part 2

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Cashew Processing, Côte d’Ivoire

I visited a cashew processing factory in November 2010 in NE Côte d’Ivoire. I was somewhat shocked by the lengthy and complicated process involved in preparing a cashew to be eaten – I will never again toss one after another into my mouth, without a profound respect for the all the labor that went into it’s production. Check out my video to see the process for yourself. Filming, photography and production by Nile Sprague.

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Punta Allen, Mexico – part 1

Punta Allen is a beautiful, quiet fishing village about 45km down a dirt road at the southern tip of an island. On a map, it looks like a peninsula, but a small gap in the land, with a bridge crossing it, separates the peninsula from the main land.  On one side it is bordered by a huge lagoon, on the other by the Caribbean ocean.  The entire drive is lined with beautiful, wild, white-sands beaches, palm trees, and iguanas watching from the edge of the road or slowly meandering across.

We accessed the village by collectivo, which horrendously overcharged, and then a short lancha ride across the lagoon.  It is also quite easy to hitchhike to the village, starting from Tulum.

Send me an email if you would like more info about the location, or the logistics of getting and staying there.

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Giving Hope Credit – Response magazine, March 2011

Giving Hope Credit - Response magazine, March 2011

Giving Hope Credit – Response magazine, March 2011 (PDF, 684 KB)
The Clef Serepta bank in Côte d’Ivoire provides micro-financing and credit to enable women to start their own businesses, thus giving them a source of income, empowering them, and helping them raise quality of life for their families.
Story and photography by Nile Sprague – read more »

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Akumal Beach, Quintana Roo, Mexico

A beautiful day – we swam with giant sea turtles, snorkeled at the reef, and rested in the shade of the plentiful palm trees.

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