It was Noemi who welcomed the young student anthropologist Dilwyn Jenkins into her home when he arrived one morning in Tinkareni in the 1970s. This began a forty-year relationship with the community. It was through this relationship that Cool Earth’s partnership was founded.
Noemi’s vast knowledge of spiritual and healing traditions of the forest as the community sheripiari (Asháninkan shaman) created huge respect by everyone she knew. She shared her knowledge with others in the community including her daughter-in-law, Anita Bustamante enabling her life’s work to be passed on to benefit future generations.
As a young woman, Noemi moved from a remote village in the highlands to Tinkareni where she established her home in 1974. Here, she married her first husband, the father of some of Cool Earth greatest ambassadors, Cesar and Adela Bustamante. Having been widowed in her early thirties, Noemi married Ricardo Martín Juan and had her son Jesus Martin. It was Ricardo with whom she shared the rest of her life.