Ecuadoran butterfly farm offers stability and tranquility for working mother


Amanda Troya was 16 when she left Colombia to escape her abusive mother. She was denied entry at the border of Ecuador until after she married her husband.

The couple worked on multiple farms before settling in Mindo, Ecuador, with their three children.

Troya now works at Heliconius Butterfly Works, a small butterfly farm that exports butterfly pupas to the U.S. Her husband works whenever there is something available. He was fired shortly after the death of their youngest son, Michael, because he had missed too much work.

The butterfly farm provides the family with economic stability, Troya said, and working with the butterflies gives her tranquility.

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