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Our producers are members of vulnerable communities in Colombia affected by forced displacement, internal conflict, human trafficking, land mines, and overall lack of opportunities. These producers are men and women who have been forced out of their land or have been left to care for their families as a single parent. Many are part of smaller groups of artisans who try to earn a living by making products they hope to sell in the national market. Fair Trade Colombia’s mission is to help them market their products in the international market (primarily in Canada and the US).

Below is the list of producers that we are currently helping. This list changes constantly as we add more products / producers to our group.

We encourage you to visit their blogs or websites to learn more about them. The description in Spanish has been provided by the producers themselves – they tell you in their own words who they are and what they do.

Producers:




OIM - Organizacion Internacional para las Migraciones - IOM International Organization for Migrations - Colombian Mission

A large number of our producers are part of the social marketing strategy created by OIM. We have partnered with this international organization to represent their producers in Canada. Their social marketing strategy groups producers from all over the country who are from vulnerable communities. These producers have either been victims of the internal conflict or are people who have been displaced from their land; women who are heads of their families, widows because of the conflict, victims of landmines and victims of human trafficking. Can can learn more about these strategy in the link below.

Beneficiaries: 1000+
Website: www.oim.org.co/MercadeoSocial/tabid/72/language/en-US/Default.aspx


 

Fundacion Cultural Morfosis – Proyecto Empapelarte

This Foundation has several programs to provide opportunities to vulnerable communities to create projects that can empower them and at the same time provide income to become self sufficient using different artistic and artesanal methods. Their mission in their own words: "Generar procesos culturales y sociales a partir del desarrollo de proyectos que permitan un mayor emponderamiento de la poblacion infantil, juvenil y adulta en situacion de vulnerabilidad en aspectos artisticos, artesanales, microempresariales, pedagogicos y cualturales en torno a la dignificacion de sus derechos. Por lo cual se han implementado varios programas como la Escuela de Formacion Artistica, Arte y Mujer Creadora, Programa Empapelarte para Mujeres Cabezas de Hogar y Madre Adolescente, Proyecto Juventud Integrada y Proyecto de Emprendimientos Juveniles".

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries: 45 people in Bogota, Cundinamarca.
Website: To be announced


 

Asociacion de Sericultores del Valle - VALLESEDA

Their mission in their own words: Contribuir al Posicionamiento y Sostenimiento integral de la sericultura en el Valle del Cauca, para lograr su sostenibilidad y competitividad, a través del mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de los artesanos y sericultores y el desarrollo tecnológico y comercial de los productos.

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries: Small farmers and their families who derived their income from the production of the natural silk in the region of Palmira, Valle del Cauca.
Website: www.valleseda.com


 

Fundacion Progresamos - CALCETA Y ARTE

This non for profit Foundation aims to strenghten the quality of life of the small business owners affiliated to it in the region of Palmira, Valle. Products are made from Natural Silk and Plantain's Tree Bark. Their mission in their own words: Somos una entidad comprometida con el desarrollo regional y el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida, fortaleciendo el sector empresarial, promoviendo la investigación socioeconómica, articulando la participación comunitaria y facilitando la convivencia ciudadana.

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries: Small business owners and their families in the city of Palmira, Valle.
Website: www.fundacionprogresamos.org.co/


 

Artesanias QUINGO

Artesanias Quingo - En Constante Movimiento -

Beneficiaries: Sonia Calvache Duenas - San Juan de Pasto, Narino
Website: To be announced


 

Leon Heraldo Moncayo (Marroquineria)

Producer in displacement situation. Products made from leather.

Beneficiaries: Leon Heraldo Moncayo and his family (family in displacement situation) in the city of Pasto, Narino
Website: To be announced.


 

Alirio Gonzalez (Werregue)

Producer in displacement situation. Products made from Werregue Palm in the Choco area.

Beneficiaries: One and his family (family in displacement situation) in the city of Bogota, Colombia
Website: To be announced


 

Ecoartes

Hand made crafts made with eco friendly paper and natural seeds. We protect the environment. Artesanias en Papel Ecologico y semillas naturales. Convervamos el Medio Ambiente.

Beneficiaries: Olga Galindo and Family (family in displacement situation) in the city of Bogota, Colombia
Website: N/A


 

Asociacion Lazos de Arte / Artesanos de Linares

To be announced.

Beneficiaries: To be announced.
Website: To be announced.


 

Huellitas Country / Kogui Colombia

This organization aims to provide training to women who are head of their families to provide an income while creating artesanal products (Country Style). Their mission in their own words: Es una empresa que se dedica al área de artesanías especialmente al diseño creativo, producción y comercialización de productos elaborados en Tela, Madera y papel que se caracterizan por no solo cumplir con un objetivo decorativo sino también por su funcional para las diferentes necesidades de la vida cotidiana, hogar y ocasiones especiales. Dentro del objetivo social, Huellitas Country esta constituida por mujeres cabeza de familia, que trabajan para mejorar su calidad de vida y por ello permanentemente su recurso humano se capacita en las áreas requeridas para mejorar su eficiencia en el proceso empresarial

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries: 8 women - head of families. Responsible for providing income to support their families in the city of Bogota, Cundinamarca.
Website: To be announced.


 

Fundacion Imaginacion

Dedicated to provide Jobs, training and education to young people affected by the internal conflict (demobilized youth from both sides of the conflict, soldiers harmed while in combat, victims of the conflict and members of the community in which the Foundation develops its activities). Their mission in their own words: "Fomentar y desarrollar programas de restauracion integral de la vida de excombatientes del conflicto armado colombiano y sus familias, bajo un modelo de valores y moral".

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries: 800 directly and more than 3,200 indirectly in the last 10 years in the cities of Bogota (Cundinamarca) and Medellin (Antioquia).
Website: fundacionimaginacion.blogspot.com/


 

Fundacion MisionArte

This non for profit foundation helps with business education and marketing to women who are heads of their families as a way to create income to support themselves. Their mission in their own words: La Fundacion Misionarte, es una entidad sin animo de lucro, cuyo objeto social, es la Gestion, Promocion, Creacion, Evaluacion y Ejecucion de Programas y Planes con Calidad Humana y Social, para el Desarrollo Integral de Comunidades con Derecho a una Calidad de Vida Digna, con la perspectiva de solucionar problemas en el sector de la salud, en lo social, economico, cultural, ambiental, tecnico, educativo, empresarial, igualmente la ejecucion de Programas y planes de exportacion, promoviendo el emprendimiento en poblaciones de riesgo.

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries: 10 women directly and are in the process of educating about 100 women belonging to displaced (migrant) communties in the city of Pereira, Risaralda.
Website: www.fundacionmisionarte.4t.com/


 

Asociacion de Mujeres Artesanas de Bucaramanga - Luz y Vida

This artisan women association was formed to help with productive projects to create jobs to benefit mostly women who are heads of their families and/or in displacement situation. Their mission in their own words: “La Asociación de Mujeres Artesanas de Bucaramanga Luz y Vida, es una organización conformada por mujeres desplazadas y/o cabeza de hogar desarrolla procesos de formación y capacitación integral, a través de proyectos productivos, sociales y culturales, defiende la vida y los derechos humanos, promueve la equidad entre géneros, el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de las socias y sus familias y el de la comunidad”.

Beneficiaries: 70 people directly, 300 indirectly in the city of Bucaramanga, Santander.
Website: www.artesaniasluzyvida.es.tl


 

Taparto Coffee

This Coffee company has a high commitment to not only sell the best 100% Premium Coffee (Colombian Supremo) from farms that have been recognized for their excellence in quality and taste, but to improve the quality of life of the people in the town of Taparto. A commitment that is reflected in their name (the coffee does not come from this region but rather the Bolivar region). Taparto Coffee practices their Corporate Social Responsability by helping the town of Taparto starting with the local school to which they have donated books and materials for the children to use. Taparto Coffee has plans to continue to support the community of Taparto by implementing programs that contribute to the wellbeing of the people that live in it. Taparto Coffee is also working towards obtaining their Fair Trade Seal for their products and Fair Trade Colombia is proud to be guiding them through this process.

Beneficiaries: 100+ in the town of Taparto, Antioquia.
Website: www.tapartocoffee.com


 

Manos Doradas - Taller Artesanal Colombiano / TIENDAS DE PAZ

This small artesanal group has a mission of creating great products using artesanal techniques. Through the program "Manos en Accion" Hands in Action - they have developed a space that allows ex homeless people to work at the shop applying human values to their activities and never forgetting their artesanal roots and proudly continuing with the traditions from their ancestors. Their mission in their own words: " Manos Doradas tiene como misión elaborar productos de tejido artesanal de excelente calidad, llegando a los clientes a través de una red independiente de distribuidores inclusivos del programa MANOS DORADAS EN ACCIÓN, que permite brindar la oportunidad de inclusión a la sociedad a ex-habitantes de la calle mediante valores humanos, sin olvidar las raíces artesanales llevando siempre y con orgullo la tradición de nuestros ancestros".

Beneficiaries: 10+ in the city of Bogota, Colombia
Website: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7hPvXl3CDs