Provi Davila Torres, 63, Caretaker, Yabucoa

Provi Davila Torres, 63, Caretaker, Yabucoa

Hurricane Maria entered Puerto Rico through the town of Yabucoa, which is located two hours east of San Juan. But unlike the capital city which was up and running and welcoming tourists quickly, nine months after the storm, many residents say it’s as if the...
Gladys Nazario, 61, Ethnobotanist, Professor, Utuado

Gladys Nazario, 61, Ethnobotanist, Professor, Utuado

Gladys became a ethnobotanist because of the mountain. She moved to Utuado, a municipality located in the central part of the island in the Cordillera Central, when she was 20 years old from the capital city where she was born and raised. She said the elders and...
Pedro L. Tellado Perez, 53, Farmer, Peñuelas

Pedro L. Tellado Perez, 53, Farmer, Peñuelas

Pedro is a big man. Any NFL team recruiting for a strong center would be blessed to have him. So to witness this burly man with hands that look like baseball mitts break down and cry in the middle of our interview, to hear him talk about his depression after having to...
Lourdes Cruz Ramirez, 29, Artist, Luquillo

Lourdes Cruz Ramirez, 29, Artist, Luquillo

Lourdes was in the middle of restoring a mural of the beloved Puerto Rican flag outside Leñas Cafe, a seaside eatery in the town of Luquillo, when we met. She was born and raised in this quant surfer town was named after the native Taino cacique Lokillo, a fierce...