Posted on Sunday, Sep. 16, 2007
Way up a jagged dirt road, on a mountain top hidden beneath a canopy of trees, bits of brilliant blue, fluorescent yellow, white and lime green flutter through the wind like splotches of paint on their way to a canvas.
The colors are on the wings of butterflies shipped to South Florida as part of a growing market that offers unique Salvadoran products and a free-trade agreement that has sparked growth in the mercado nostálgico
-- typical goods such as food, crafts and sweets that remind the 2.5 million Salvadorans living in the United States of their homeland.
Since this U.S.-friendly nation implemented the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement last year, the nation has seen a 68 percent increase in overall exports, from $240 million in 2005 to $404 million in 2006.