Mujeres Tejedoras de Vida (Women, Weavers of Life)

Where
Colombia
When
2020
Who
Ministry of culture, Vice-Ministry of Creativity and Orange Economy
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The project seeks to identify the artisanal practices and trades of women belonging to communities with vulnerable populations in order to strengthen their productive skills and capacities; it promotes the construction of collaborative work networks, exploring the social fabric from a symbolic and cultural perspective that leads to it having a significant impact on the quality of life of communities.

Specific objectives throughout the life of the project
* Identify productive crafts and practices.
* Strengthening of entrepreneurial skills and capacities.
* Development of productive cultural projects
* Building of collaborative work networks
* Improve the quality of life of the communities belonging to the project
* Reweaving of the Social Fabric in the communities.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

o Presence in eight (8) cities: Tumaco, Guapi, Nuqui, Quibdo, Maria la Baja, Pueblo Bello, Valledupar (two corregimientos) and Uribia
o Exercises for rebuilding social fabric
o Promotion of local support networks between groups and agents in the territory
o Management and savings mechanisms (fundraising)
o Solidarity micro-franchise agreements between groups of the project and between groups and external actors
o Four circulation circuits (three sub-regional and one national)
o Material strengthening of the groups
o Transfer of accounting strategies adapted to their needs and capabilities
o Strengthening in the creation of virtual spaces to make goods and services visible, adapted to their e-commerce capabilities
o Number of beneficiary groups: 17
o Impact: 243 women who make up these groups were benefited

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

$192.923

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Propaís
Public Sector
Coporación Incluyamos Foundation
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Minikusuto
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The project was created in 2012 by the Cultural Entrepreneurship Group of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, with an initial community located in the municipality of Guapi and a focus on vulnerable population. By 2015 there were already three municipalities in Colombia with beneficiary communities: Guapi (Cauca), Puerto Colombia (Atlantico) and Dibulla (Guajira). In 2016 the communities of Dibulla and Puerto Colombia dropped from the project; however, that same year three more municipalities were included: Nuqui (Choco), Quibdo (Choco) and Pueblo Bello (Cesar). In 2017, two more communities joined, located in Maria la Baja (Bolivar) and Uribia (Guajira). In 2018, an additional community located in Quibdo was annexed. By the end of 2018 the project includes seven communities, located in six cities of five departments.

Evolution of the project
Up to 2018, all the communities received support for the reconstitution of their social fabric, strengthening of hard skills (artisanal technique and administration) and soft skills (project development skills and customer service); in addition, other activities have been developed to strengthen entrepreneurial capacities: knowledge and use of business plans, use of social networks for commercial purposes, productive linkages between communities, construction and use of a brand, among others.

2012 to 2015
Promote the training of women from vulnerable populations to strengthen the design, production and circulation of their handicrafts.
Departments: Cauca, Atlantico and Guajira Guapi, Puerto Colombia and Dibulla
Cities: Workshop Schools of Popayan and Cartagena.
Partner: CECREA Foundation

2016
Find assertive accompaniment strategies for
the design and implementation of the entrepreneurial initiatives of the women's groups linked to the programme
Departments: Cauca, Choco and Cesar
Cities: Guapi, Quibdo, Nuqui and Pueblo Bello
Partner: Mini Ku Suto

2017
Design and implement social innovation strategies with a differential gender approach to strengthen the collective and productive initiatives of the women's groups linked to the Women Weavers of Life project, contributing to the sustainability of both.
Departments: Cauca, Choco, Cesar, Bolivar and Guajira
Cities: Guapi, Quibdo, Nuqui, Pueblo bello, Maria la baja and Uribia
Partner: Mini Ku Suto

2018
Join human, technical and financial efforts to implement strengthening actions, under the cross-gender approach, for the productive projects of Women Weavers of Life, in the municipalities of Guapi, Quibdo, Nuqui, Jewrwa, Uribia and Maria La Baja, all coordinated by the Cultural Entrepreneurship Group of the Ministry of Culture.
Departments: Cauca, Choco, Cesar, Bolivar and Guajira
Cities: Guapi, Quibdo, Nuqui, Pueblo bello, Maria la baja and Uribia
Partner: Propais

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Design