Hands of Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, are seen while rolling tobacco leaves to make handmade cigars in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Hands of Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, are seen while rolling tobacco leaves to make handmade cigars in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, selects tobacco leaves to make handmade cigars in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, selects tobacco leaves to make handmade cigars in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, inspects a tobacco leaf before rolling a handmade cigar in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, inspects a tobacco leaf before rolling a handmade cigar in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, selects a tobacco leaf to make handmade cigars in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, selects a tobacco leaf to make handmade cigars in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Hand rolled cigars are seen piled on the workbench of Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran cigar maker, in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Hand rolled cigars are seen piled on the workbench of Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran cigar maker, in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, rolls tobacco leaves into a handmade cigar in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, rolls tobacco leaves into a handmade cigar in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, is seen while rolling handmade cigars in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Laura Peña, a 67-years-old Salvadoran woman, is seen while rolling handmade cigars in her house in Suchitoto, El Salvador.

The last cigar roller in Suchitoto

Suchitoto, El Salvador – November 2018

Hand rolled cigars have always been smoked or used for religious purposes in El Salvador. However, nowadays, due to the low profitability and general unpopularity of tobacco, the art of cigar hand rolling has practically vanished. Although Mrs. Peña has been rolling cigars for about 60 years, she claims to never smoke one. Selling a pack of 25 cigars (‘puros’) for 5 USD, she remains the last cigar roller in Suchitoto.

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