Bringing Hope to 10 Families in Medellin, Colombia

 
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I hope this message finds you well. I am writing on behalf of Corporation Interactuar and the 10 families taking part in this project to say thank you. We are ever so grateful for your continued support in 2015!

It has been over a year since we started supporting entrepreneurs in Medellin’s most violent neighborhood. San Javier, as known as Comuna 13, is considered the most dangerous district of the city. At the hands of drug cartels, local gangs, guerillas and paramilitary groups, it has been dominated by violence. Nowadays, the community thrives in matter of innovation (with escalators to make people’s lives easier and graffiti coloring the houses, for example), but the neighborhood is still hostile.

Being in such violent place, having a clean way to provide for a family is actually a challenge. But some people are willing to change their reality, develop their community, and create alternatives to violence by generating jobs. Some people want to make a difference through entrepreneurship, and that’s why we are so glad to have you, donors, to help us support them.

In the last Bonus Day, this March 2015, we received USD1162 in donations to this project. We were in the 54th position on the ranking of projects on GlobalGiving, and we are really proud of it. Really thankful because we met people like you. Because thanks of your donations, we will be able to provide them with trainings so they can improve their businesses. Thanks of amazing people like you, we will offer them the tools they need to grow. With long-term visions and through business plans, they become more and more success oriented. This way we offer them an option but the violence. This way we are building a brighter future to these people.

We will back to you soon with more news about our courageous entrepreneurs. Keep update about our projects also through our social media, and don´t forget to spread the cause by sharing this story with your relatives, friends, coworkers or acquaintances.

We need to continue bringing our support to these families living in Comuna 13. We are transforming lives that will further transform other ones. How? Entrepreneurship is the answer.

With gratitude,

Daniel Marulanda 

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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,

 

 

 

 

Dear donor,

The 10 families involved in this project are constantly working towards improving their lives through the businesses they founded. And this happens thanks to you and your involvement.

Comuna 13 thrives in matter of innovation and entrepreneurial activities and these micro entrepreneurs work hard to bring their contribution to the local market. Your support and encouragement help them move forward. These entrepreneurs are thankful every day for the new opportunities this project provides them. With long-term visions and thorough business plans, they become more and more success oriented.

Your gift shows them it’s possible. It helps them see that they are not alone in this and determines them even more to never stop working for achieving their dreams. The project is ongoing and we invite you to make a gift at your choice, by selecting a donation option here.

Note: ‘Bringing hope to 10 families in Comuna 13’  is now 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 FacebookTwitterPinterest or read the stories on our blog.  

Residents of Comuna 13 in Medellín have survived to the crossed fire between illegals and the authorities that took place for decades. This level of confrontation has limited the economic development of the population, and it has not let them overcome poverty. This project will allow 10 entrepreneurs living here to gain administrative and marketing skills and become social and economic leaders, thus to contribute to the identification and development of the market opportunities in the neighborhood they live in.

One of these entrepreneurs is John Jairo, husband, father of one and founder of Ecocalzer, an eco-friendly footwear producer. John Jairo wants to promote the responsible consumerism among people and to prove the world that Colombia produces and exports more qualitative products other than coffee. Ecocalzer manufactures biodegradable products out of organic fibers and recycles reusable products, such as PVC, PET recipients or rubber. They have 3 clients that buy the products and sell them further in their stores, but what Ecocalzer wants is to reach more customers in shopping malls. In order to be able to do this, they need to strengthen their production unit, increase their sales and production capacity and enhance their brand awareness within the country.

We know our donors are amazing people that see the value of their involvement in our projects so this time we prepared a surprise for those of you who decide to send your gift to ‘Bringing hope to 10 families in Medellín’project. Besides the amazing feeling of being the change in someone’s life, you can also win a ticket to a local event happening in your city, that you can attend with a friend. Check the steps here.

Donating on Wednesday, July 16th, increases both the impact of your gift and your chances to win the prize. On Wednesday, Global Giving runs the 3rd Bonus Day of the year. Until 11:59 pm EST, Global Giving matches each donation with 40%. This means your impact on these families’ lives increases if you send a gift today.

Note: ‘Bringing hope to 10 families in Medellín’ 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, Twitter, Pinterest or our blog.  

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Dear supporter,

Comuna 13 is not the same today. Formerly known as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Medellin, it now thrives in matter of innovation and entrepreneurial activities. The 10 families involved in this project are constantly working towards improving their lives through the businesses they founded. And this happens thanks to you and your involvement.

Knowing that there are people across the world who believe in your idea and potential is an unmeasurable feeling. These entrepreneurs are thankful every day for the new opportunities this project provides them. With long-term visions and thorough business plans, they become more and more success oriented.

Angela María and Bertulfo are two of them. The couple earns a living by making arepas de Chócolo, a traditional Colombian product they sell in their own small and comfy place to people in search for a quick breakfast or lunch snack.  They started the business to provide an income for their household, as they couldn’t engage in a workplace. Overcoming life challenges and reaching success in their business have been the main goals of the married couple.

The business has an adequate production capacity, they are marketing their product through direct sales at a fixed point and they also collaborate with a group of independent retailers who distribute the arepas throughout the city of Medellin.

Their medium-term purpose is to expand the business through acquiring modern equipment and to generate employment for qualified personnel. This way, they can fulfill their vision of contributing to the economic development of the community and reach as many locals as they can.

Your gift shows them it’s possible. It helps them see that they are not alone in this and determines them even more to never stop working for achieving their dreams. The project is ongoing and we invite you to make a gift at your choice, by selecting a donation option here.

‘Bringing hope to 10 families in Comuna 13’  is now 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, Twitter, Pinterest or read the stories on our blog.  

Thank you for partnering with us to bring hope to this couple and the other families in the project. We greatly appreciate your continued support and the powerful impact it has on them and their community.

 

Kind regards,

Daniel Marulanda, Project Leader

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Project Leader

Daniel Marulanda

Medellin, Antioquia Colombia

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