Empowering farmers in rural Colombia

Sep 9, 2011

Step by step

Initiating the process
Initiating the process

The sum of knowledge and experience resulted in an excellent teamwork between Fundación Espavé and the beneficiaries. During August they built three greenhouses with enough capacity to supply the species for 20 forest parcels from Bojayá, Vigía del Fuerte and Puerto Conto. (Atrato´s River basin-Chocó).

It was a long process and little by little the farmers found the best areas with the right conditions: plots that were well located, with good water availability and close to towns. With their own hands they cut the wood, built the greenhouses and set the pots for the seeds. In order to make the greenhouses productive, the farmers named someone in charge who will be responsible for the maintenance of the greenhouses and the communication with the Fundación Espavé´s technician.

For now there are just greenhouses, but shortly there will be plants that will be productive and help the beneficiaries to increase their incomes and improve the quality of life for their families.

This was a learning process; everyone involved realized that when people work together and join efforts, the results are satisfactory. The farmers from Bojayá, Vigía Del Fuerte and Puerto Conto have proved that they are leaders with initiative, committed to their families and their communities.

Finished Structure
Finished Structure
Making the pots for the seeds
Making the pots for the seeds
Putting the seeds
Putting the seeds
Finished Greenhouse
Finished Greenhouse

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Project Leader

María Villa

Program Assistant
Envigado, Antioquia Colombia

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Map of Empowering farmers in rural Colombia