What I learned from El Salvadoreños

What I learned from El Salvadoreños in a few days:
-Their friendship is without benefits. They are one of the people that affected me most with their gracious, helpful and pure soul, talking naturally.
-No, El Salvador isn’t really dangerous if you don’t act dumb.
-80 percent of agriculture come from Honduras and Guatemala. Because agriculture producers doesn’t want to take risk in sudden weather changes, where their 3-4 months of effort sinks in 1 day. Meat comes from Nicaragua, fruits&veggies from Guatemala.
-There’re 1.5 mil of them in US; they send about 4.2 billions $ per year to El Salvador to their families. (233$ per person per month). It’s much in here.
-Coffee values ~8$ per 50 kilo by worker. The owner of farm sells it for 130$ to New York City. Coffee shops in NYC sells it for 800-1200$.
-Farms produce 100 bags of 50 kilos coffee per year.
-9 coffee trees produce 50kg coffee.
-From Nicaragua and Honduras, people come here to collect coffee. Because El Salvadoreños in US send money to family.

-Young people don’t go to school or educate themselves; just wait for money from US every month. So they join gangs in their free times.
-Because people send many dollars from US, in 2001 El Salvador changed currency to USD, as the banks were continuously exchanging money.
-Min wage is 8 $ per day.
-People can’t read coins of USD. There aren’t significant numbers on coins. They understand from size of the coin.
-Everywhere is filled with fast food restaurants from USD. Compared to wages in here they are very expensive. Even expensive than US. You can get same things from street for 6-7 times cheaper.
-But those US fastfood restaurants are full of people inside. Because people like to live US life they see in movies. So, natural fruits&veggies are seen as poor people’s food. Exactly opposite to Europe: Natural food in markets are very valuable. Fastfood is poor people’s food.
-Hermanos Lejanos (Distant Brothers): The nickname of the best quality coffee in El Salvador. Because best quality of coffee is exported to US, then sent back to here. Like El Salvadoreños living in US are sending money to here.
-El Baile de las hamacas (Dance of the hammocks): San Salvador is always shaken by small earthquakes in surrounding volcanos. This’s it’s nickname.
-Source of the gangs in here is US, the 2nd gen El Salvadoreños. They join street gangs in US. Polices catch them between gang fights, sending illegal El Salvadoreños to their home. The bus they take after they arrive to the airport, ends in central plaza of the San Salvador…
-They create their own gangs/groups in here, slowly expanding, continue fighting against each other and to the police.
-In Mercado, sellers pay about 5$ “protection money” to gangs. That’s why, they don’t oftenly write names&signs of hostels (small businesses) on walls and normal people don’t know about them. You need to know their address and push the bell.
-Companies can’t grow large. If they do, they take attention, paying high rates of money to gangs.
-%90 of murders can’t be solved, because people are feared to witness. This country needs more dedectives. But even they have a family that they have to look after…