“I’m Tony, Rasta man and owner of the shop ‘Kuumba Ujamaa’. I sell handmade objects, fruits and vegetables, Rastafarian clothing…
I grow tea, thyme, mint, coconut, mango and papaya plants, potatoes and pumpkins. I don’t use chemical fertilizers, my secret is patience. You know, patience should not only be used to grow plants, but also to interact with people.
Jamaican people have a lot of respect for the earth. We think of it as a mother who helps us by providing to our maintenance, without the need to exploit it necessarily to the bone. We can produce many objects from a single banana tree or bamboo tree.
I love the Rastafarian culture and I’m part of it. Our culture rejects all aspects of consumerism and materialism, which are impoverishing and tearing mankind apart. Our culture is based on principles of love, justice, peace and equality, respect for the environment and for people.
Corruption doesn’t give life a solution, mankind is going in the wrong direction. It’s not easy for us to find food and money, but no time is easy to live.
Rasta men know how to make life work: try to maintain their culture strong and alive in order to avoid corruption and consumerism, act for what’s good and right, share what little they have so they will never forget to be grateful for their own body and for being alive. For this very reason, we should all behave as if we are brothers and sisters, helping and supporting each other.
We are one, and we’ll never surrender. Work is important to men, for their maintenance and for their lives. They should always be motivated: if you do something, you get something back; this is the source of life”.