Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women

by Fundacion Projeter Sans Frontieres Proyectar Sin Fronteras
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women
Community Edible Forest to Empower Rural Women

On Friday April 22nd, several members of our team (including our four young volunteers) traveled 18 kilometers north-east Bogota, to La Calera village (an area well-known for its rich water resources that supply the capital), to deliver a workshop organized together with the Town Hall of La Calera.

Around us, we can see a beautiful mountainous landscape surrounding the Chingaza National Nature Park. Here, the women of our 'Sembrando Confianza Mujeres' project are working the land and empowering themselves by establishing an edible forest.

The aim of the workshop? To teach them how to create their own organic fertilizer. The first part of the day was theoretical: two professionals explained the differences between fertilizers, how to use them and how to use them to enrich the soil while respecting it. We then went to Natalia's farm to put into practice what we had learnt, always surrounded by the women from our network of producers (now gathered in an association called ASOMCA). What an enriching day! 

A big thank you to all the producers for their warm welcome and to the employees of the Town Hall for their pedagogy!

Once again, we want to thank our GlobalGiving Community and all of our donors for their support and help.

Stay tuned for our next reports and actions on the field!

Proyectar Sin Fronteras Team 

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Dear GlobalGiving Community,

The last few years Proyectar Sin Fronteras has worked with rural women to strengthen their capacities on sustainable farming practices with the purpose of empowering them towards creating more resilient, conscious and equitable communities through agroecology in the villages of Choachí and La Calera near Bogotá.

Thanks to the strengthening of relationships with local partners and the active participation of the 42 women, the project has progressed very well, and we are happy to share the main results with you.

After taking part in the training cycle on socio-organizational aspects, 12 women decided to create their own association named “Women for the care of the earth and health”. They have been working on an action plan to consolidate a production and marketing network of toxic-free products that not only contributes to the environment but also to their economic emancipation.

At the end of 2021, we built a community greenhouse for plant germination and growth in the municipality of Choachí. After the installation, some nonconformities with the irrigation system and the growing beds were identified; therefore, a new work plan with the contractor was created and the issues were corrected. At this time, the greenhouse is properly installed.

The association of women managed to produce 150 pounds of peas, free of any pesticide, and to sell their production in short circuits which is very encouraging for the next steps of the project. At the end of February, PSF set up a first reforestation campaign on a 100 m2 plot, thanks to a collaborative work and the donation of trees from local partners, the community together with PSF staff and volunteers.

You can discover the project through a small video available here. Do not hesitate to check our Instagram!

For the coming weeks, our action will focus on:

  1. Carry out a second training cycle on strengthening social-business capacities to sell their products though fair trade.
  2. Community work sessions will be destined to bring soil and fertilizer to the growing beds and sessions to define roles for operating and maintaining the greenhouse will take place.
  3. Designing the visual identity for the products and services provided by the association.

We thank you warmly for your support.

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Working in the greenhouse

Dear GlobalGiving community, 

Part of the success of the implementation of a community edible forest project is the organizational strengthening of those who participate in it, for this reason, we have created an alliance with Casa de la Mujer, an international organization that has worked for more than 20 years in the fight for women's rights.

The objective of this aliza is to strengthen the women's organizations participating in the project. For this, 6 workshops have been carried out to understand alliances, leadership in the territories, internal skills, etc., and thus contribute to their strengthening

Weather conditions have delayed the implementation of this activity (floods, landslides, etc.). However, 4 possible plots have been identified where it would be possible to install edible forests.

On the other hand, the greenhouse installed a few months ago will be launched with the participating women, who are organizing to define their roles and participation in its management.

Thanks to the entire GlobalGiving community for making this dream possible. In the coming months we will have more news and progress to tell you.

Best regards,

 

Luisa Palomino

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Organization strengthening workshop
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Capacity building
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Seedbeds

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

 

It is our pleasure to share with you the good news and progress in our edible forest project.

 

One of the first steps in being able to build edible forest patches is to have the trees ready and available to be transplanted. To achieve this, part of this project involves the construction of a greenhouse.

 

To carry out the construction of the 80-square-meter greenhouse, local labor was hired, causing a double impact by promoting the reactivation of economic activity in the sector.

 

As of today, the work has advanced by 90%. In the month of August, the inauguration of the place will be held and the roles that each of the participating women will have in the activation of this space will be defined.

We invite you to continue supporting this and other projects of our organization so that we all build a greener and more sustainable future.

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Greenhouse structure

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Foundation of the structure

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

We are really happy to see that our community is growing, and that more and more people are motivated to support this beautiful project.

The first quarter of the year has been really productive and we have started the instalation of a greenhouse to grow seeds to plant in the edible forest plots we have designated for such purpose.

Having this facility will allow us to produce vegetable material locally, which will reduce costs for transportation, will ensure a better adaptation of plants and thereby better results in the long term.

In every project we carry out we ensure that local labor is hired, to create a bigger impact. With this first phase over 6 families of the people hired to build the greenhouse are being benefit. Once the project is fully implemented, 25 women and their families will benefit.

Once the greenhouse is ready, the next step will be carrying out workshops on the proper use and mantainance of the greenhouse, asigning duties and roles to every participant.

We encourage you to continue helping us to get the resources for our next phase. So, do not hessitate to share this iniciative with your friends and family to create together a bigger and more solid community.

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Greenhouse Projection
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Fundacion Projeter Sans Frontieres Proyectar Sin Fronteras

Location: Bogota, Distrito Capital - Colombia
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Project Leader:
Luisa Palomino
Bogota, D.C. Colombia
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