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Amazonica de Colombia

Putumayo - Villagarzón

Description of Social Entrepreneurship

Amazónica de Colombia is a microenterprise located in the Andean Amazonian biological corridor of the department of Putumayo. Which produces vegetable oils from the seeds of Sacha inchi, Cacay and Buriti for human and cosmetic consumption. We transform fruits grown with an agroforestry approach and wild fruits collected by indigenous and peasant communities.

To this end, we design our equipment and develop the technological package for transformation. We have focused on transforming, seeking to be the best, organizing the community in an association formed by 40 families and working with two indigenous councils, avoiding intermediation, guaranteeing commercialization and facilitating their training.

What led you to create your Social Entrepreneurship?

In the absence of opportunities for professionals who inhabit the territory, seeing the need to add value to the ecosystem services of our Amazonian fruits and the need to contribute to the economy in our region, we decided to undertake with a differential approach, starting from of the respectful, efficient and sustainable use of biodiversity, where the community can rebuild the social fabric and recover the agricultural vocation according to the vocation of the territory.

How does your Social Entrepreneurship impact your community?

Our entrepreneurship helps to improve the capacities of communities by managing their training; impacts on the family economy by giving added value to Amazonian fruits; contributes to the consolidation of a new economic line in the department; It generates employment especially women victims of the conflict and finally, tends towards the conservation of the Amazon, a World Heritage Site.

What do you dream of happening with your Social Entrepreneurship?

We have the conviction to continue growing together with the communities of our region, developing new products from the respectful, efficient and sustainable use of biodiversity, being an example for new ventures where the bioeconomy is consolidated as an economic line in the Amazon.