Turning garbage into art is the passion of this sixth-generation Cuencana

Magy (pronounced Mah-djee) Peña is a woman on a mission. To be more precise, her mission is to recycle garbage, but not by putting it in neat blue bags for city sanitation workers to pick up. She transforms rubbish into art. She is a pioneer and a staunch believer in reusing what would normally be discarded to end up in landfills. I met with her one afternoon in her shop on Otorongo Plaza, on Paso Tres de Noviembre, and we spent the entire time laughing and reminiscing about the Cuenca she grew up in, and, of course, talking about the…

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