For the first time ever, thanks to Sister Cities volunteers Katie and Jacey, Sister Cities offers a seasonal online craft store! You can read more below about how you can give and receive!

 Looking for an alternative way to gift-give this season? Consider donating to US-El Salvador Sister Cities to receive a handmade gift that supports Salvadoran artisans. After you donate we will send you an item from one of our sistered community co-ops here in El Salvador.

 


 

Step 1: Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (by December 13th) with:

  • the amount you will to donate

  • your gift preference

  • the name and address of where you would like the gift to be sent (within the U.S.)

Step 2: Donate to Sister Cities via this link! 

Step 3: Receive your gift no later than December 20th (we will quickly mail gifts out upon our return to the U.S. mid December!)


GIFTS INCLUDE:

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Papaturro jewelry. Minimum donation: $15. This town’s small jewelry production is run by the local community council, made up almost entirely of 20 to 24-year-olds. The youth make leather bracelets and necklaces, as well as earrings and other items out of local fruit and vegetable seeds. They are also in the process of starting sandal-making and reusable bag cooperatives.

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Arcatao embroidered napkins (two). Minimum donation: $15. This embroidery studio employs eight local women while producing beautiful, handmade cloth products. They specialize in children’s and baby’s clothes, as well as blankets, napkins, and other household items.

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Juaragua jewelry. Minimum donation: $15. Made out of natural materials such as coconut shell (and even dyed with completely natural substances!), Juaragua’s artisan jewelry is made not only to help locals make a living, “but to strengthen the identity of the pueblo.” The artisans often use Mayan symbols as the focal point of their earrings and necklaces to honor this ancestral identity.

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San Jose Las Flores bags. Minimum donation: $20. Established in 1988-during the tail end of the Salvadoran Civil War- this sewing studio produces a variety of merchandise, such as bags, embroidered shirts, pants, and school uniforms. The local women sew these products for fair wages, ensuring them with a steady income that can be hard to find in rural parts of El Salvador.

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A bag of local, whole bean coffee. Minimum donation: $22. Brew the flavors of El Salvador in your home with this fair-trade coffee grown in Comasagua.

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Social Justice Dog Tees. Minimum donation: $25. Inspired after the adorable Rolie Polie, these tee-shirts have become the Sister Cities team’s unofficial uniform. They are also screen-printed by a local friend in San Salvador. Fight alongside Polie for social justice now!

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Comasagua pressed-flower mini cards. Minimum donation: $25. Give a loved one the ultimate gift by donating in their name, and we will send them a beautiful handmade print from the card-making co-op of the mountainous town, Comosagua.

Take a look at our real costs in sistered communities to see what your donation could support:

  • $25: what it costs per month for one of our scholarship students to attend university in San Salvador
  • $160: what it costs to obtain a US tourist visa for a Salvadoran on next year’s Sister Cities speaking tour
  • $50: what it costs to buy painting supplies for local social-justice mural
  • $150: what it costs to provide a scholarship for Salvadoran or US youth to attend the 2016 Sistering Anniversary event (we need lots of help in this area!)

Thank you for your giving to US-El Salvador Sister Cities and local Salvadorans this holiday season!