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A new beginning for 61 families in Colombia



Los Medios is a small village located five hours from Medellin, now homeland to 61 families that have returned after enduring a decade of violence. This project will strengthen the management skills of members within the association of the village so it could better serve its community. It will also support the operation of the village store that belongs to the community, to provide social and economic benefits to the people.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Between 1996-2005 the war caused a massive displacement of 4252 families, forced to leave their homes in Eastern Antioquia to survive. Since 2011, 61 families returned to their homeland but the impact of the war can still be felt: the confidence among residents has decreased and the Association that used to provide economic and social benefits to the community is now weak and disjointed, reflecting that the war, besides dissolving the economic activity, also affected the existent social fabric.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project will strengthen the Los Medios Association, which has the mission to provide economic and social benefits to the 61 families that live and work in the area. Within the project Interactuar has helped the association find its 'true North' by working with the members on clarifying the mission, individual roles, lines of action, and the guiding principles behind. Thanks to the support of people like you, the Los Medios Association is getting these families on a path to overcome poverty.

Potential Long Term Impact

On one hand, the project bases its sustainability and long term impact on the education and development of the 5 leaders in the community in terms of administrative knowledge. On the other hand, it will build participation mechanisms for 61 families within the association to rebuild trust between each of the associates. Finally, the project has an overall long term impact on the panela market, as it will standardize the production process for a qualitative final product to be commercialized.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,233
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,767
Total Funding Goal: $10,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Daniel Marulanda

Medellin, Antioquia Colombia

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