News Fresh from El Salvador!

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Happy August! We hope you're staying cool out there! We've got some SEW updates for you here, fresh from El Salvador!

How many seeds does it take to cultivate indigo dye? 
Here members of "The Blues of Titihuapa" (the name of the river) painstakingly put 2-3 jiquilite seeds in each of the 7,000 cones that have prepared for planting. When the initial seedlings are mature, they will be transplanted to the adjoining field. Each plant can be harvested twice in a year and a healthy plant will live for three years.
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Graduation means Self-Sustainability.
It was quite amazing to hear how most of the women of Pájaro Flor sewing and indigo-dye center started with a few pieces of cloth and a pedal machine. Becaue of you, our donors, the business has been trained in sewing and tailoring, now has six industrial machines and is known in their community of Suchitoto of having the best quality and prices for their many indigo products.
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Sister Anne Marie (left) and Iris Ayala, SEW staff next to her, present the certificate to the very competent, proud and happy SEW business women. 

El Salvador means hospitality.
Every visit to a SEW business is marked by warm greetings and sumptuous lunches. Whether brought to the meeting area or served at someone's home, it's a delicious way to continue the conversation over soup, chicken and, of course, tortillas. Little ones present are always curious to see the visitors especially when there's cake.
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Women of Las Delicias (bakery) welcomed SEW with chicken soup.

An Anniversary Celebration in honor SEW.
Pat and Al Thomas are staunch volunteers with SEW. When they planned a festive 50th Anniversary with family and friends they asked that "gifts of celebration be made to SEW." Pat and Al are fun to work with, their Open House was full of laughter and SEW is grateful for their generosity. Here's to 51!

Saludos,
Sister Anne Marie Gardiner
Executive Director