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Eugenio Tells His Story

32517511342_8549911333_kMARY:  Gary, I think it would be very interesting if Eugenio told them what it was like for him in the beginning and let Nicolas translate.

GARY:  Yes. Can we get another microphone on stage?

NICOLAS:  Eugenio says that he didn’t expect to be here to talk, and now he’s going to tell the story about his life in Young Living.

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Eugenio and Nicholas

(Nicolas continues translating for Eugenio): In 2005 around November, I met the Young family. I was working in another place, doing security and also cleaning. When Dr. Gary was with his translator, he asked me, “How long have you been working in that place?” I was new there; I’m from Peru.

The next day Dr. Gary asked me to work helping at the distillery. I didn’t know what a distillery is. My first experience with the distillery was just contact with two little cookers and with a lot of his students from the university. Those cookers were the first experiments in Ecuador.

When I accepted the job, Dr. Gary asked me if I had family. I said, yes, I had two girls in Peru. He proposed that I bring our kids to Ecuador to be with us. I was very excited about that proposal.

We started working in Cuenca, and it is a cold city. My wife said, “Eugenio, I can’t live here; it’s too cold. We have to move to Peru again.” At that time my wife was pregnant with our son, who we named Jakob. After that, Dr. Gary told me we were going to move to Guayaquil, which is a hot city. That place is a comfortable place for my wife.

MARY: Para mi tambien.

NICOLAS: For Mary, too!

[Translating for Eugenio]: So I started working in Cuenca with just a little distillery with a lot of aromatic plants, doing experiments with Dr. Gary and a lot of university students. Today, I am very happy to be with Dr. Gary and Mary.

My son and my daughters have grown up with Dr. Gary and Mary’s sons, and they love each other a lot. Thank you for Dr. Gary’s vision to have that school to give an opportunity to a lot of kids to study and be prepared. Our daughters are learning English, so I am proud of that, too.

Thank you to the Youngs and to you. Thank you very much.

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The Young Living Academy today.

 

The Ecuador Team

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GARY: This is the distillery in Ecuador. I want you to meet our Ecuador team, Nicholas, our general manager of the Ecuador farm, and Eugenio, our distillery manager. I met Eugenio’s family in Ecuador in Cuenca when I started there in June 2005. I hired him and started training him as my distillery operator. Eleven years later, he manages the entire distillery operation in Ecuador. His beautiful wife, Rosa, and daughters, Naeli and Lisette, are also here.

Folliowing the ylang ylang harvest with Nicolas the farm manager on right.

The ylang ylang harvest, with Nicholas, the farm manager, on the right.

MARY: Yes, it’s a really interesting story I want to tell you quickly. When we met them in Cuenca, they were the caretakers of the building that Gary was leasing. We were friendly with everybody, so when Eugenio had a little bit of a cold, we went down to visit them to see what we could do to help. They were living in just one room on the ground floor of the building.

The floor was dirt, and there was a wire that went from one side of the room to the other. They used an old blanket or something over the wire to split the room in half. One half was the kitchen, which had just a little pot and a little stove; and the other side was a place where they slept, which was just cardboard and mattresses on the floor. We looked at that and thought, “Oh, this is horrid.”

As we talked, we found out that they had two little girls. “Well, where are they?” we asked.

They replied, “We didn’t have enough money to bring them with us, so they’re at home in Peru with their grandparents.”

Gary said, “No, no, no, no, no; we cannot have this.” So he sent Eugenio home to get the girls. Their daughter, Lisette, is 6 months older than Jacob. They were babies and grew up together.

Gary and Mary Young with Nicholas, Eugenio, and his family at the 2016 Grand Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ylang Ylang at the Farm in Ecuador

Established and newer fields of fragrant ylang ylang trees on the Chongon, Ecuador, farm. Imagine being there when they are blooming!

Established and newer fields of fragrant ylang ylang trees on the Chongon, Ecuador, farm. Imagine being there when they are blooming!

And this is looking out on the fields of ylang ylang trees. We have 45,000 ylang ylang trees growing on the farm. There are folks here at convention who helped plant ylang ylang trees a few years ago. How many are here? Yes, yes, yes.

Oh my goodness. In the early morning when the breeze comes through the trees and that intoxicating, mystical fragrance wafts through the air and hits your olfactory, wow, two things happen. One, your heart jumps up in your throat, and two, you start to get leaky eye syndrome. Then you feel so excited to be alive. It’s a wonderful feeling.

Because of Gary’s commitment to education for the children and youth of Chongon, the Young Living Academy is now giving 226 youngsters a first-rate education.

The Young Living Academy, now giving 226 youngsters a first-rate education.

You know my commitment to the Young Living Academy. You can’t go into another country without helping the country. And I believe if they give to us we give back and we give more and greater. And so it was creating a school.

At last count 226 children are attending the Young Living Academy.

The Young Living Farm in Chongon, Ecuador

This is part of the 2-mile road Gary built into the Young Living Farm in Ecuador.

This is part of the 2-mile road Gary built into the Young Living Farm in Ecuador.

I had to build the 2-mile road into the farm, which was quite an accomplishment; and then I put a gate and guardhouse at the entrance. Then we built a reservoir to hold the water.

Below is a picture looking across the lake to the restaurant there in the foreground. The Nova Vita Clinic and Spa is there in the background, and then in the middle is the distillery. Behind the trees, way over to the edge of the picture, is the edge of the house.

Here is the restaurant, the Nova Vita Clinic and Spa, the distillery, and an edge of our house.

Here is the restaurant, the Nova Vita Clinic and Spa, the distillery, and an edge of our house.

How many of you have been to Ecuador with the Platinum and Gold Club? Yes, you’ve seen it; you know it. How many are going this year? Terrific!

Ecuadorian Expeditions

This 2005 photo shows Gary investigating palo santo after which he began distilling the wood.

This 2005 photo shows Gary investigating palo santo after which he began distilling the wood.

We were in Chongon in 2005 when I started teaching at the university there and doing research and looking for plants. On one of my expeditions into the desert jungle, I was looking at palo santo. I was the first to distill Palo Santo essential oil.

Here’s Mary, watching the workers chip ruta for distillation in 2006.

Mary Young in 2006 watching the chipping of ruta for distillation at the Young Living farm in Chongon, Ecuador.

Mary Young in 2006 watching the chipping of ruta for distillation at the Young Living farm in Chongon, Ecuador.

About that time is when I started cultivating rosa morta and dorado azul. Then when I was teaching at the university, I brought students out to a field of rosa morta to teach them about cultivation and distillation.

I was the first to domesticate dorado azul. In fact, it had no botanical identity until I found it and gave it its name. When you create a botanical name, you have to give it its origin. Guayas is the province, so it’s guayafolius. If it’s officially a wild plant, then it’s called officianalis. If it’s not a wild plant, then you don’t put officianalis behind it in the botanical identity. So its official name on record now is dorado azul Guayafolius officianalis.