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France's Little Soccer Team That Could

L'EQUIPE (France)

The small city of Montpellier won the French soccer championship for the first time in its history on Sunday. At the top of many sports in the country, the southern city team beat Auxerre, claiming first place ahead its main competitor: the all-powerful PSG, the top team from Paris. To have an idea of how remarkable the victory of a team from such a small city (250,000), here's how Montpellier stacks up to their Parisian rivals.

PSG MONTPELLIER
Ligue 1In Ligue 1 since 1974Back in Ligue 1 since 2010
Budget150 million euros36 million euros
Biggest buyJavier Pastore / 42 million eurosOlivier Giroud / 1 million euros
Estimated worth of players207 million euros64 million euros
Average number of stadium fans41.76615.378
Facebook fans941,34016,848

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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