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From Sea to pot

Nariño - Tumaco

Description of Social Entrepreneurship

Del Mar a la Olla is a strategy of Gastronomic Tourism focused on the economic empowerment of women in the commune V de Tumaco, Nariño. These women, mostly illiterate, displaced and victims of the conflict cannot access the labor market, are subject to social, racial and economic segregation. They are also responsible for the care of large families as a result of null sex education, abuse and lack of life plans that allow them to build a more dignified reality. Remember that Tumaco is one of the poorest municipalities in Colombia, with the highest rates of Unsatisfied Basic Needs.

His great knowledge is the kitchen, which also includes a series of knowledge about the territory (collection of marine species, planting, optimization of resources), the Human Green Foundation, in a process of more than 4 years has worked a way to convert this Knowing in a source of economic income, these women have been trained by literacy and teaching them protocols for good food management, finance, business plan creation, life plan, ICTs, cultural heritage, among other content that qualifies their knowledge .

What led you to create your Social Entrepreneurship?

The Green Human Foundation has been working for more than 4 consecutive years, with the population of the V Commune of Tumaco. At first, Verde Humano advanced a process of revitalization of the Tumaco Public Library from which a fabric of alliances with the community and a diagnosis of it emerged. From this process of recognition of the community, the Green Human Foundation has concentrated its initiatives in working with women and from that experience the specific work with the Traditional Kitchen of Tumaco emerged as a space for economic, cultural and social empowerment, as well as construction of Peace, within the framework of a project called “Peace Recipes”. In this process, the Foundation contacted connoisseurs of traditional cuisine and implemented strategies for knowledge dialogue and social fabric building from the kitchen. In that sense, the proposal presented here is the continuation and extension of a work with the continuous community that has had as a cross-sectional methodology the Participatory Action Research, in which the voice of the communities is collected while offering tools to generate processes of growth and collective development.

How does your Social Entrepreneurship impact your community?

The experience has been pleasant and satisfactory, in the first instance it has been achieved that women recognize that, despite being illiterate and never having access to education, they have a wealth of knowledge that can be potentialized to boost their possibilities for economic independence, in Culinary meetings and training workshops have generated a space of peace, a protective environment around food in the heart of a sector that is in permanent conflict and is traversed daily by violence. The kitchen has been an excuse for the construction of historical memory about the conflict (remember that they are female victims, some of whom have lost all their children in the war), a space of reconciliation between women who have been wives of enemies of war, a place to build trust, self-esteem, learn new things, share knowledge and to deal with conflicts through dialogue.

In another sense, the initiative has achieved that these women generate economic income from the knowledge they have, allowing them to build a more dignified life, contributing to overcoming poverty, hunger and segregation.

What do you dream of happening with your Social Entrepreneurship?

The Mar de la Olla Cultural and Gastronomic Festival is expected to become an annual gastronomic event that welcomes tourists from Nariño, Colombia and the world, becoming an example of entrepreneurship with a gender approach.

It is intended to contribute to the conservation of food practices as an intangible cultural heritage, bastion of food sovereignty and a fundamental aspect of the culture of the South-Colombian Pacific.

It is intended to strengthen Tumaco as a tourist destination by offering visitors a gastronomic and cultural experience that also contributes to overcoming inequality, cultural and environmental conservation and sustainable development.

We dream that the women victims of the conflict of the V Commune of Tumaco will be fully repaired from this process and have the opportunity to rebuild their lives with dignity, economic security and in respect of their culture and traditions.