~ by Dagmar Reinhard
The girls behind the initiative
Sandra, Natalia and Sara met through a circle of women in Uvita, each one of them with her own unique abilities and talents. They very soon reached an agreement to co-create El Mercado of Bahía Ballena. Noting a great need for fresh products and services of all kinds and with the support of the Development Association of Uvita, the three associates were able to open the doors to their first market on December 6, 2017.
Neighbors, sellers and buyers are delighted with the initiative, both. Rosa said: "Finally I have a place to display my products," and added "I am convinced that this market is going to be great." A buyer expressed: "We don´t have to travel to San Isidro anymore. Now, all the freshness is here."
There is a pleasant atmosphere with live music, an open microphone with children and adults participating. They sell fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, bread, cheeses, fish and even olive oil with spices. A small dining room offers a place where you can taste local and international dishes. You´ll find a variety of services as massages, locksmith, and puppy grooming.
And who are they?
Sandra Aguilar Delgado studied International Relations and applies her knowledge to market promotion.
Natalia Solano Corrales has been an artisan artist for many years. She designs all her creations and contributes, among others, her contacts and knowledge of fairs at a national and international level.
Sara Cottani is from Venice in Italy, and calls herself "The Merchant of Venice", studied languages and performing arts management.
"Members, friends and human beings we are sure that this is the beginning of a Sustainable Central Market."
Important: The Market signed the agreement "Bahía Ballena Libre de Plástico Community” with whom non-profit organizations can request a free location. At the same time, they promote collaboration among groups that come from far to share transportation to reduce costs and carbon footprint.