The people in the remote village of Santa Rosa, Cabañas, were part of the nation-wide resistance to mining activities. Gold mining would have destroyed the land on which the people of Santa Rosa grow their food. There were many human rights abuses over the years, and sadly, 3 people from the village were murdered. In 2017, El Salvador became the first county in the world to ban mining. It was a huge victory for the people of El Salvador, ADES and the community of Santa Rosa!
Now the community’s interests turned to improving their lives and their food security. With Kenoli support, ADES will work with the community to develop family gardens to grow food, build small chicken coops and build improved stoves, so that the women do not have to cook over open fires, inhaling smoke.
To initiate the project, Kenoli was asked to plant a mango tree in the community and we were told that in 3 years it will be bearing fruit. It was a great honour!