The port of La Libertad is the location for this community where its colors, joy, and people fill each person who lives or visits this magic place with warmth. The shore of the Pacific Ocean is just a few meters away.
Women in this community, many of them mothers, were trained for one year in the use and handling of the double-framed loom, and in handcrafting techniques. The accessories designed by Lula with fish scales and openwork textiles are made by the marvelous hands of these women.
At present, this community is at social risk; therefore, we bring opportunities for sustainable work to the home of each woman, enabling them to develop and improve the quality of life in their environment.
Each design woven in a double frame loom contributes to the preservation of this technique that was disappearing in El Salvador
IMPACTS ON THE COMMUNITY
- ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: We have created sustainable and fair work opportunities for the women in this community, since the majority of them did not have stable work before Lula Mena came into their lives.
- EDUCATION: 100% of the women send their children to school.
- MIGRATION: Young women in this community no longer aspire to immigrate to another country, since they can see that they can improve their quality of life within their community with the sustainable work that Lula provides.
- NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Working with the double frame loom and the handcraft techniques they have learned enables each woman to have work opportunities that they now can access because of the training Lula gave them.
- CHANGE IN SOCIAL PATTERNS: One can now see the women in this empowered community taking control of their lives and their decisions, with self-confidence, full of joy, and being supported in their work by all the members of their families.
- PRESERVATION OF TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES: Each of Lula’s designs, made by the community, contributes to the preservation of the weaving technique in lever looms when it was at present disappearing.