Trust yourself no matter what everyone else thinks
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Meet Mr Pineda. He is a real example of living by this mantra. This amazing gentleman owns and runs a shop on Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro. Everything that he sells is made in Panama, by Panamanians. He is truly passionate about getting more Panamanians to own and run businesses in Bocas del Toro – which, unfortunately are few and far between. •
Among his wares are wooden egg-shaped hanging chairs, handmade oars, wooden signs and boats crafted from bamboo. It’s a real treasure trove. He also sells the crafts made by the indigenous Ngäbe Bugle community. The walls of his store are lined with fabulous historical photos of Bocas, which we were told (quite rightly) are not for sale!! The photos tell the story of Bocas’s development and are very dear to Mr Pineda’s heart.
In his venture, Mr Pineda really has trusted himself – despite his friends saying his idea (and perhaps he) was crazy! As you’ll see in the picture, he has a living tree trunk as a central piece in his shop. He has to care for it daily, ensuring that the plants receive he right nutrients and water. Mr Pineda is a true visionary, an entrepreneur and someone we very much hope to collaborate with when we have b í k u up and running. Watch this space.