Ermelinda Ayme wraps her baby in two shawls tied in different directions as she cultivates potatoes with her husband Orlando in their village of Tingo, central Andes, Ecuador. (From the book Hungry Planet; What the World Eats (p. 117) Ermelinda Ayme is also one of the 80 people featured with one day's food in the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) When she and her husband Orlando arrived at the field, a ten-minute walk from their home, they said a quick prayer to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) before working the land. Occasionally, Ermelinda has to adjust the baby's position, but generally she has no problem carrying her tiny passenger. The Ayme family of Tingo, Ecuador, a village in the central Andes, is one of the thirty families featured, with a weeks' worth of food, in the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. The family consists of Ermelinda Ayme Sichigalo, 37, Orlando Ayme, 35, and their children: Livia, 15, Moises, 11, Jessica, 10, Natalie, 8, Alvarito, 4, Mauricio, 30 months, and Orlando hijo (Junior), 9 months. Lucia, 5, lives with her grandparents to help them out. (Please refer to Hungry Planet book p. 106-107 for a family portrait [Image number ECU04.0001.xxf1rw] including a weeks' worth of food, and the family's detailed food list with total cost.) MODEL RELEASED.
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