Jessica Orellana

Photographer, visual anthropologist, storytelling
After the coffee is cut
Location: San Salvador
Nationality: salvador
Biography: JESSICA ORELLANA SALVADORAN PHOTOJOURNALIST Graduated in Journalism from the University of El Salvador. Ten years have passed since she became interested in the world of photography, a profession in which she has accumulated enriching experiences... MORE
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After the coffee is cut
Copyright Jessica Orellana 2022
Updated Oct 2021
Location sonsonate
Topics Black and White, Community, Documentary, Dreams, Editorial, Fine Art, Human Rights, Journalism, Latin America, NGO, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Reporting, Spotlight, Wildlife, Womens Rights, Workers Rights
With hands blackened by the honey that the beans give off, with clothes worn by the years and tired backs after several trips with a sack on their shoulders, these are the portraits left by the day: women and men who work so that there is always a cup of coffee on the table.

There are those who say that coffee growing in El Salvador has disappeared. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the midst of the abundant coffee plantations in the canton of La Cruz in Santa Ana, which still cover extensions of the national territory, there is life, there are dreams that struggle every day to move forward.

María Luisa Carranza de Oviedo, 50 years old, travels with her husband, to earn a living by cutting coffee, a task she repeats every year.

Iris Mendoza is a 28-year-old mother who carries her 12-month-old son, Neftali Mendoza, on the farms. She has been harvesting coffee for seven years.

Each story frames a dedication to the only job they have had in their entire lives.