Lucia has been an integral and enthusiastic Papaya Wellness community partner for 1.5 years. She is the radical and creative women who is spearheading our reusable bag project. Always bringing fresh new ideas to the table, and sourcing out cool and creative recycled materials to make her bags, Lucia has an eye for style. Lucia also offers local cuisine cooking classes, runs a small tienda, and is an amazing grandmother to sweet Allyson.
Her newest creation is a reusable bag made from an old sail: upcycled, cool looking and super practical for lugging groceries! YA LUCIA!
Carly of Papaya Wellness sat down with Lucia in her super tranquilo yard and workspace, to ask her a few questions so you can get to know her better…
Full Name and age? Lucia Romero Picado , 48 years old.
How long have you lived in Gigante? I have lived in this village for 13 years with Ramon (her partner) and my son.
How long have you been sewing?Oh, a long time, a friend taught me to make my own shirts many years ago.
Why are you helping us with this project?I like the idea of having no more plastic bags on the coast, our beaches and ocean will be cleaner.
What is your opinion on tourism in Gigante? I think it is very good, the people here have more job opportunities. You can work if you want to.
Do you have goals for the next year? Yes, I would like to see this project continue, and to keep working with Project Woo and inviting volunteers to my home. We would like to start a hostel which we are building right now.And would like to open up a small BBQ stop for tourists in the front, if I am still living (she laughs).