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A chair or a hammock? Why not both?


An innovative piece of furniture called "hamadora", exclusively produced in El Salado is one of the success stories of the reborn village and the Fundación Semana who aid in the reconstruction.


The United Nations ordered over
100 units this year.


For a few Salaeros that produce the the new furniture, their live made a profitable turn.


One of them is Blas Romero. He says: "I wanted a change in my life. I thank god that he brought the hamadora to me."

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Blas Romero still remembers the old days.


"We all were tobacco farmers. From the profits of it, we could buy anything we needed."


Tobacco was the most planted crop in the area making El Salado the tobacco centre of Colombia.


But after the massacre, things changed. The rain, that brought prosperity to the fertile lands of the area, stayed away.


"The golden days of tobacco are over", says Blas.


Now about 80 per cent of  farmed goods feed the Salaeros. Little is left to earn money and trade.


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New owners

Land grabbing after rural populations have been displaced is common in Colombia.


Alejandro Reyes, consultant of the Colombian Agriculture Ministry says: "Over two million hectares of land are in dispute between farmers and big business.  For example, the Argos Group has had many claims brought against them regarding the land they bought in the area of El Salado."


A spokesperson for cement company says: "We are an active  participant of the application of the  Law for the Restitution of Land and Victims. We  own only 9000 hectares of land in the area, which makes up about 1.2 percent of the total."


But over 30 percent of farmers in El Salado have only informal lease contracts for small parcels of land  with the big companies who own the lands now.


With a further absence of rain, the Salaeros could face a food crisis.



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