About 200 km south of Guayaquil near the town of Machala, the Marić family, originally from the island of Vis, grows bananas. Six brothers and one sister are all involved in the family business, and their plantations cover a total of 6,000 hectares of land, where they also have shrimp farms and cocoa plantations. Banana stems are used to make hats and souvenirs, and a part goes to paper production, which saves forests and water.

 

 

Branka Bezić Filipović