Corporacion Interactuar

The mission of Interactuar is to generate and support the permanent employment in the department of Antioquia, through the creation and consolidation of small units of production, commerce or services, leading its enterprise development by means of financial services, of formation and commercialization and centering its action in the population of limited resources.
Mar 13, 2015

News from Los Medios Village!

Dear supporters,

 

Happy New Year! We hope 2015 brings you strength, energy and passion to turn your dreams to reality! Corporación Interactuar and the families that returned to their homeland in Los Medios village after being displaced for years are sincerely grateful for your support throughout the entire last year. I am writing you to keep you up to date with the status of the project.

 

In December I wrote you about what 2014 has meant for us and the impact of your support on the community in Los Medios village. I told you about the major benefit panela growers in the region had: a half day technical training on the panela cultivation and growing process. Here’s how the day went.

 

The main points on the agenda included theory and practice on the generalities, current status and regulations of the sugar cane industry. The objective of the half day training was to develop, implement and strengthen a model of extension and technology adoption in the sugar cane sector.

The dynamic performance criteria meant to enhance the sugar cane production included: productivity, competitiveness, sustainability, equity.

 

The workshop included training on Good Agricultural Practices, a fundamental tool for an optimal development of the sugarcane cultivation. It includes instruction on fertilization, pest and diseases, increased productivity recommendations.

 

Good manufacturing and hygiene practices were another chapter on the agenda. Key points touched included food handling, industrial safety and occupational health, sugar cane regulations, production infrastructure improvement, emergency plans.

 

The trainer who delivered the workshop was Dinora Patricia, a dedicated agronomist kind and patient enough to answer every curiosity and guide our panela producers through the learning process.

 

This 2015 greets us with many challenges but also with the right team and tools to face them successfully. Our team now includes members from Brazil, Canada, France, India, Guatemala, Mexico who will bring their international experience in the campaign.

 

In order to improve our campaign and approach, we appreciate your feedback on the communication between us in 2014. Also, we would love to hear what made you stay close to us and support our cause and what we can do more to contribute to these projects.

Note: ‘A new Beginning for 71 families in Colombia is part of the Together for Colombia campaign that we developed in order to raise awareness on the social and economic reality of this country and involve the international community in changing it to the better. Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Looking forward to hear from you,

Daniel Marulanda

Project Leader

 


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Feb 18, 2015

Meet Sofia

Dear donors,

Happy New Year! We hope 2015 brings you strength, energy and passion to turn your dreams to reality! Corporación Interactuar and the 5 families in this project are sincerely grateful for your support throughout the entire last year. I am writing you to update you on how your contribution to the this project has improved the quality of life these business owners live.

I want to introduce you to Sofía, a 51 years old woman with a right arm and both legs disability she suffers from since she was 2. She refused to let this stop her from providing for her family so she learned how to sew and completed training at SENA, a national education institution.

Ana Sofía has an old and outdated sewing machine that she uses to create leather wallets, bags and souvenirs. She uses a cutting table and a manual cutting tool for the production and treatment of leather. Being only one handed, Sofía can only handle the sewing machine so she finds herself overwhelmed with the workload at times. When this happens she gets help from one of her friends, also with a disability, and her mother and sister. Her small business has a brand identity and her products are known to be qualitative and really beautiful.

However, she needs to make her products get sold and provide a constant and feasible income for her and her family, she needs support in pricing her products and equipment improvement.  This is where you come in. Your donation can allow her to be trained in administrative skills and pricing strategy so that she can make her products cost effective.

The pricing issue is important to Sofía as she doesn’t have any specific knowledge on the matter. Her condition makes it difficult for her to wander around shops in the city and compare prices and she also lacks knowledge on the pricing process. The training she will receive thanks to your support will help her discover the true value of her creations and monetize correctly her work.  

You can give Sofía the chance to overcome social and economic barriers she faces on daily basis. She’s not the only one struggling to provide for her family despite her situation. ‘Transform the lives of 5 entrepreneurs in Colombia’ supports other four small business owners in the same situation. A one-time donation, a recurring donation or a gift card to your loved ones helps them take another step in their life journey.  Each of them counts. Find on the right column of the project page the benefits your donation brings to Ana Sofía and the other micro entrepreneurs with disabilities in the project. 

We know it’s a challenging cause and we expect 2015 to greets us with many challenges but also with the right team and tools to face them successfully. Our team now includes members from Brasil, Canada, France, India, Guatemala, Mexico who will bring their international experience in the campaign.

In order to improve our campaign and approach, we appreciate your feedback on the communication between us in 2014. Also, we would love to hear what made you stay close to us and support our cause and what we can do more to contribute to these projects.

Note: ‘Transform the lives of 5 entrepreneurs in Colombia’ is part of the Together for Colombia campaign that we developed in order to raise awareness on the social and economic reality of this country and involve the international community in changing it to the better. Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking forward to hear from you,

Feb 4, 2015

Re-discovering our entrepreneurs needs

Dear donors,

 

Happy New Year! We hope 2015 brings you strength, energy and passion to turn your dreams to reality! Corporación Interactuar and the 5 families in this project are sincerely grateful for your support throughout the entire last year. I am writing you to describe you the current status of the project.

A year ago, we started a bouncy journey we promised to be in for the long run. We met ten courageous entrepreneurs who wouldn’t give in the difficulties they face in their neighborhood, amazing human beings who struggle to provide for their family in a clean and decent way, despite the hostile environment they live in. We created this project for them. Then we found you, big-hearted human beings who donated to this project from your own money. We are so glad you joined us! Isn’t it a good feeling? Knowing that there’s something out there you can leave your footprint on? We are transforming lives that will further transform other ones. It goes on and on.

Now, here we are, after one year, thankful for every step we took, every checkpoint we passed and every story we found. Together. We need to continue bringing our support to these families living in Comuna 13. This district of Medellín has been trying to recover from its tumultuous past for years now and its inhabitants are trying to make a living the best way they can. The 10 entrepreneurs we support through this project need to enhance their small businesses more than ever.

We are preparing the steps for a new needs assessment these micro entrepreneurs have so that we can know what we can do for their businesses and families. Since the overall environment in the neighborhood continues hostile, running a business is quite a challenge and it’s the only clean way to provide for an entire family in the same time. Stay with us this year and help these families help themselves.

If you have any relative, friend, coworker, acquaintance who might be interested in investing their money in a good cause, share this story with them. Let them know there’s more about Colombia, there’s a rising country that’s developing also with the help of good hearted people just like you.

 Make a New Year resolution to give a chance to others. You can give these entrepreneurs the chance to overcome the hostility they live in and provide a brighter future for themselves and their family. Choose from a one-time donation, a recurring donation or a gift card to your loved ones. Each of them counts.

In order to improve our campaign and approach, we appreciate your feedback on the communication between us in 2014. Also, we would love to hear what made you stay close to us and support our cause and what we can do more to contribute to these projects.

Thank you for being yet another example of people who restore our faith in humanity. We bow before you.

Note: ‘Transform the lives of 5 entrepreneurs in Colombia’ is part of the Together for Colombia campaign that we developed in order to raise awareness on the social and economic reality of this country and involve the international community in changing it to the better. Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Looking forward to hear from you,

 

 

 

 

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