NAJASA, CAMAGÜEY. - Eloísa walks almost always with the gum boots, pants and shirt of long sleeves. The shawl doubled in triangle accompanies her at times on her shoulders or keeping jealously her hair under the hat of the big wings. To simple sight, she looks like a woman as so many other that live in La Sacra, agricultural and cattle community that arose in those inhospitable places with the promise to accompany the birth of a head office that never came.

Of simple and common Eloísa Jordán Serrano only has the physical appearance, because who are well acquainted with her know that this thin mulatto is a lot of woman, who with 61 years old leads the Cooperative of Agricultural Production (CPA) January 1st belonging to the municipality of Najasa.

Born in Vertientes, since several decades ago, she anchored roots in this point of the geography of Camagüey and from 2005, she is the president of the CPA dedicated to sugar processing, “the one that from its foundation has always been profitable”, she clarified us proudly.

She prefers the sugar cane harvest time, although in this period she has to leave the lukewarm sheets from four o'clock in the morning and she returns of the field when the sun has put itself. It does not overwhelm her to work hard; the important thing is that the canes come in time to sugar mill Batalla de Las Guásimas. She lives with intensity through the contest.

Not long ago she had to undergo surgically in the arm, and still convalescent she went to sow. An acquaintance claimed her for the abandonment of her rest and she answered him that it could not be calm at home while the members of a cooperative were working hard in the field, “the things it is necessary to touch them with the hands”, said in this occasion.

Many people say that she is the soul of the cooperative and a wonder woman because she achieves to manage simultaneously the domestic works, the attention to the family, the presidency of the CPA and of the Council of Defense of the community, and the partisan responsibilities. In addition to so many commitments, she was also delegate of the district in the previous order and to the Provincial Assembly of the Popular Power.

She explains, from the modesty, that the key for the results is in the support that her family offers her. “It is not easy, but I like my work and to live in La Sacra, and I do not think to leave the field while I have forces to go forward; also, Camagüey has a debt to the sugar cane harvest and we have to struggle to pay it”.

Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez