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Internationally acclaimed artist Fernando Llort began La Semilla de Dios (meaning “The Seed of God”) co-operative in his art workshop, to teach local people his skills. The co-operative owns a large plot of land where they have a fully-equipped woodworking shop, drying room, painting and finishing area, warehouse space and retail store. Here, they plant and sustainably harvest trees to supply about 40% of their wood needs. About 50 artisans are presently part of La Semilla de Dios. Recognizing the importance of schooling for their children, the group has established an education committee. The co-op also runs a savings plan from which members can borrow and has instituted a retirement fund.