People living in the Northeast Cauca region in Colombia still suffer the consequences of the ongoing armed conflict, which represents one of the main causes of poverty in the area.
The constant vulnerability and lack of production planning and organization particularly affect indigenous women that struggle to sell their handicrafts. For many of them, this activity represents the only source of revenue through which they support their families and cover their basic needs.
For this purpose, we have supported five associations, formed by indigenous and mestizo women who are also handicraft producers with traditional raw materials. This craftwork includes woven wool and sisal bags which are prepared with ancient techniques learned generation through generation.
These associations have enabled indigenous women to get together and create an organization called ENREDARTE CON IDENTIDAD. Here, women have joined together to improve production processes, accessing the market with associative power while producing handicrafts that can better compete with other products. This helps them sell products at better prices and in fairer conditions.
We also offer those women-specific training in order to increase their capacities as craftswomen and entrepreneurs, focusing on management, business, and sales aspects, taking care that this knowledge will be transmitted within the community.
The project is helping women from the Cauca region to take advantage of traditional practices and knowledge to generate extra income for themselves and their families, improving their living conditions and obtaining socio-economic independence, with a consistent positive change in their lives.
74 women have already been able to change their lives. But we have a lot of work to do, we want 273 women to benefit directly from the project, and that another 60,202 women see their improved living conditions knowing their rights, improving their self-esteem and living conditions. Donate to make it possible.