Feb 4, 2019

Women, knowledge and tradition

In Colombia 11,6% of women are unemployed, which represents almost twice the masculine unemployed (6,6%) rate. Active women earn on average 28% less than men (DANE and PNUD 2015).

One of the goals of our projects is to create forms of labor inclusion and to promote wage equity, supporting women in social or economic vulnerability conditions to undertake projects that help them to be economically independent.

During the last months of 2018, we have been working with women from the project OLINGO and women from the project “heritage is in the pot”

With OLINGO (Textile accessories project) we have been launching a new design of ecological bags onto the market, this new version has an exterior pocket with zipper, useful to save your keys, your money or your phone. Also we are creating a new design of bags with strips, now with impermeable material inside.

Here we are sharing with you some pictures of our new campaign.

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Since our Project “El Patrimonio está en la Olla” we organized 2 events based on Colombian food. The first one was in the cultural house “Casa B”, to promote the heritage of Colombia: deserts made by women and dance.

For the second event we organized a lunch with Colombian gastronomy, in which 8 women met to share their traditional knowledge and recipes, providing to the participants the best flavors of the Caribe, the Pacific, Huila and Tolima.

The objective of this gastronomy event was to support women to start a productive project based on their traditional knowledge. The event has been very successful: here we share some of pictures that have been taken this wonderful day.

Oct 25, 2018

The Heritage is in the pot

We continue to build community; “El patrimonio está en la olla” is a Project who seeks to rescue the memory around Colombian gastronomy and at the same time bring closer the women of Santa Rosa and Moralba, eliminating racial and cultural barriers.

10 women meet (eachother) every weekend to share traditional cuisine of theirs homes, preparing typical Colombian dishes and sharing cooking secrets like traditions from their family or from their origin region. Every weekend a couple of women, whom we call “Pepper and Oregano” are in charge of teaching the rest of women how to prepare the dishes and the history behind each food.

This Project will be carried out until december, for the closing we will be holding gastronomic event in wich women will have the opportunity to sell their dishes to a wide variety of audiences. With this event we seek to 1. Promote the culinary talnt of women and 2. Encourage social entrepreneurship from the gastronomy.


In september we finished the construction of the greenhouse in Miraflores with the community and the JAC. The goal now is to start activities, workshops and trainings to take advantage of this tool and its potential to articulate community work. In October we have started planting and transplanting.


In commemoration of volunteer Julie Huynh, together with the French embassy in Colombia and “La Guilde”, we have opened the Julie Award. This initiative seeks to get a Young Colombian and a Young French woman to do a volunteer exchange in both countries.

Sandra and Chloé, winners of the award will be together until April, designing a Youtuber strategy that will connect the experience of children and adolescents promotors of peace and sustainability. Through videos they will tell us show they contribute to the development of Peace from each context.


We are launching the new products of the Social OLINGO brand, through which women with fair income benefit from their work.
These are the products that are part of the new collection


Jul 23, 2018

"Amazona" fair to the empowered women

Colombia is one of the countries with the largest number of single mothers, and women have a 24% wage inequality below men. This is one of the situations that large textile companies have used for a long time to outsource their production costs and pay a low salary to women.

For each garment that a woman makes, her income is $ 0.17, which means that in 8 hours of work a woman can earn less than $ 3.

In the month of July we wanted to pay tribute to those women who have dared to innovate and do business themselves. We held the fair "Amazona" a fair that brought together 8 ventures led by women, in addition to socially and environmentally sustainable products we had forums to promote collective work and even accompanied us the girls of "how good I have" a campaign that seeks to prevent cancer of breast through self-examination.

Of course the Olingo brand was present at this fair, promoting tote bags, tulas, laptop covers and T-shirts, made by mothers head of family. Through the making of these garments, women earn up to 5 times more than what they are normally paid in the textile industry.

In the next month we will be launching our new collection Olingo in which we will have new designs of Toxicómano and Erre. In addition to new products such as Agendas and new styles of cups and bags that have been designed in a participatory manner by the women of Santa Rosa.


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