It is hard to put into words, the gratitude we at Corporacion Interactuar feel towards you for your generous donation. You have allowed us to extend additional help to the community of Los Medios Village.This time, I’m pleased to tell you what we keep doing, and most important, what we have achieved thanks to the support we have received from you.
It is important to remind you that the Community's Association of Los Medios is in charge of bringing benefits to 61 families in the territory. According to this, we have focused our interventions in the improvement of how its leaders manage the organization, and how we can help to maximize the way it helps the population.
In this vein, your donation helped us build with community’s leaders, the future planning and what would be the organization’s mission, as well as their fields of action and what should be the principles which should govern their actions.
As you may know, every organization has to have a true north, and which is the reason that led to its existence. That was the great achievement during this intervention, because before it took place, there were many questions of the role that had to perform each leader and the entire organization looking to represent real benefits to the community.
Here are some words of Jaime León Aguirre, one of the leaders of the Association of Los Medios:
"Every Workshop gives us more clearness about what we have to do as leaders for the community, and all the things we can achieve step by step managing properly the Association. We hope you could be by our side more time, we'll keep each one of the donors in our hearts!"
With your assistance, the Association of Los Medios has started on a path to take out of poverty the people of this small Village. Bless you and we hope that you will continue to support our organization and the important difference we can make in the lives of these people!
Hello dear supporters,
I hope everything in your lives is going well.
Since we are still raising funds for the project, this opportunity I am going to introduce you one of the 10 beneficiaries of the funds you have donated to us. Martha Elena Ocampo is one of the owners of Sabor y Delicias (Taste and Delight in English) a small business located in Comuna 13 in the city of Medellin. This company is made up of a cluster of female heads of households; therefore, they are constituted as a social corporation. The women who are part of this grouping have seen in this business the possibility to improve their quality of life from the labor, social, economic and personal side.
Sabor y Delicias's economic activity includes two production lines that focus on the development and marketing of the following products: candies made using natural fruits such as guava and gooseberry, and also they produce bread and pastries. With these products the company attends special events and provides snacks for other company's meetings.
As I told you in a previous report, Sabor y Delicias was one of the business created thanks to a project we developed on 2012 using grants resources from Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, but as you may know, to help people get out of difficult situations takes more efforts than a year of accompaniment. Last year, Sabor y Delicias received expert advice on sales techniques, as well as how to manage the business in terms of finance, marketing and productivity. With this new project we are seeking to prepare and make possible the commercialization of the delicious products they produce using digital channels such as Facebook or e-commerce platforms, so they can sell more of them to other areas of the city, increasing their customers and therefore their business income.
Once again I only have words of gratitude to all of you based on the confidence you have shown to this project, and I also encourage you to keep helping me to spread the word about this noble cause, so we can make our plans of business strengthening possible to these ten Colombian entrepreneurs, who made the choice to develop a legal activity to make a living for them and their families.
Since we are currently in the fundraising process for this project, this time I am going to tell you about it's context and it’s background, then you’ll have more knowledge about what we have been doing and what we want to do with your help.
This project started three years ago; back then we received a grant from the Diputación Foral de Bizkaia (País Vasco) to support entrepreneurs from Comuna 13 in Medellín, an area of the city that has been in conflict for many years. In 2010 we created 52 new businesses, in 2011 we supported 22 vulnerable entrepreneurs with their startups, and in 2012 we could create 30 new businesses in Comuna 13.
As you may understand, entrepreneurship is a very hard choice to make a living, and much more if you are in poverty with no education record. According to this, many of the businesses we could create years before have shown difficulties to operate normally; this situation has made us realize that they need more support to run in a better way their productive units.
GlobalGiving has become a partner that gives us the opportunity to make this social project, which started years ago, sustainable during time. In this vein we selected 10 of the businesses created in Comuna 13 in the past to keep helping them involving special people like you who selflessly, and with a huge heart, have given us a hand to make their dreams still reachable.
When these 10 entrepreneurs got noticed about this new project through GlobalGiving, they were very grateful, and all of them raise their voices to give to each one of the donors a very big THANK YOU for believing in them.
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