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Las Mesmas

Chocó - Quibdó

Description of Social Entrepreneurship

We are Las Mesmas, “Women Entrepreneurs for the Environment and Health” all older adults, heads of household. By perceiving the amount of fat that was discarded into the Atrato River, we launched ourselves into the production of laundry soap and we do it in the best way: recycling cooking oil and using aromas and jungle plants such as sour cane. Each liter of oil poured into rivers or lakes can contaminate thousands of liters of water. Once in our water sources, the oil has a devastating effect on the aquatic environment, it spreads over the surface in a thin layer that prevents oxygen from reaching the plants and animals that live in the water causing their death.

What led you to create your Social Entrepreneurship?

Las Mesmas arises from the initiative of 12 women, older adults, heads of household that arrived in Quibdó from all the Chocoana geography, banished by violence. It is no secret that Quibdó’s unemployment rate has traditionally been higher than that of the 32 capital cities and is usually the highest. This situation makes it clear that the productive activity of Quibdó has structural problems to generate enough employment so that its population can be linked to income generating circuits.

We saw the need to acquire resources by our own means, this boosted our desire to undertake with a final achievement of daily support for ourselves, our families and our community. We decided to join together to work together to find solutions to our health problems and economic needs. We started manufacturing soap from our homes and in this activity we saw great potential. For the preparation of soap, grease is needed, when we go looking for it, we realized that in Quibdó there is no place where you can take used cooking oil for your truthful disposal. Commercial stores and street food vendors dispose of this oil improperly on the ground or many times in our river. By perceiving the amount of fat that was discarded into the Atrato River, we launched ourselves into the production of laundry soap and we do it in the best way: recycling cooking oil and using aromas and jungle plants such as sour cane.

How does your Social Entrepreneurship impact your community?

Through our company, we create direct and indirect jobs for the northern area of ​​Quibdó and we hope that as our entrepreneurship grows, our potential to generate employment grows to drive vulnerable young people away from violence and drugs that are prominent in this area. from the Department. We also do environmental education and recycling education workshops in our community.

What do you dream of happening with your Social Entrepreneurship?

To be the leader in organic and organic soaps in the Chocoana region and to meet the demand for these products in national and international markets. Potentialize the different uses of the plants, herbs and fruits of the region by creating body soaps with healing properties. We want to help boost the economy of the department, create jobs, be a reference for other dreamers wanting to undertake. Additionally, we would like to help in the community through programs and environmental care education.