by Scott Walker
Residents in the small village of LaRepresa, Dominican Republic don’t have tons of possession’s, but what they do have are possessions they love.
This older woman is showing us her prized birds that she keeps in her small wooden home with a rusty metal roof. The birds are kept in a cage hanging from the rafters in her home. As you can see, this room is her kitchen / living room.
Electricity is scarce in most Dominican villages. The week I was in LaRepresa next to the town of Caobal - the electricity was out for about five days and the river where the locals go for bathing, washing clothes and recreation is nearly dry as rain has been something that has lacked in recent weeks.
Despite the lack of “stuff,” residents invite strangers inside their homes and sometimes offer the only chairs they own for visitors to sit in as they stand. They also work hard to be hospitable by serving visitors coffee made with freshly harvested coffee beans.
"Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest." - Peace Pilgrim
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