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This folk art dove is hand-painted with a bright floral design by artisans in El Salvador. This ornament was crafted from sustainable pine grown in local groves. Salvadoran makers working with La Semilla de Dios practice a folk art style originating in their village of La Palma. Founded amidst civil war, the group continues to spread peace through art.
Fair Trade and Handmade in El Salvador
The cooperative La Semilla de Dios, meaning “The Seed of God,” is located in the town of La Palma in the department of Chalatenango, 54 miles north of El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador. La Semilla de Dios consists of 40 people of limited economic resources who make a variety of wooden items painted in the famous La Palma folk art style. Men do the carpentry, and women the hand-painting and finishing. The cooperative owns a piece of land in the mountains outside town, where they plant and sustainably harvest trees to supply about 40 percent of their wood needs. The traditional cooperative structure of La Semilla de Dios puts power and profits in the hands of the group’s employees. Cooperative income provides better nutrition and educational opportunities for artisans’ children. La Semilla de Dios also runs a savings plan from which members can borrow, and has instituted a retirement fund. Income from product sales is important, as life in the countryside is difficult, especially for women. Many of the women are single mothers who must take care of the house, feed their families and plant subsistence crops of corn and beans