People living in North east 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.
This constant vulnerability, combined with ignoranceon the market and lack of production planning and organisation, is particularly high for indigenous women that show great difficulty when selling 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 handicrafts producers made with traditional raw materials. These craftwork include, for example, 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 organisation called ENREDARTE CON IDENTIDAD. Here, women have joined together to improve production processes, accessing market with associative power while producing handicrafts that can better compete with other products. This helps them selling 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 Cauca region to make advantage of traditional practices and knowledge to generate extra income for themselves and their families, improving their living conditions and obtaining socioeconomic independenc, with a consistent positive change in their lives.