The organization featured in this video is the Empresa Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca (Cosurca). It’s one of 19 grassroots organizations in Colombia that we support to explore and to participate in building peace in their regions.
Cosurca is a cooperative of coffee producers in the Cauca region, and as you see in the video, their work goes far beyond production. According to René Ausecha, legal representative for Cosurca, “This is a territory that has been seen not for its potential but for its problems.” Cosurca began as an effort in community development when its founders realized that they could build “something that came from the strength of the people.”
As part of the grant, they will carry out workshops, general assemblies and participatory research to engage residents in the creation of three community museums that focus on the history of the conflict and how to begin the healing process. Cosurca will also facilitate communication among member organizations and update its institutional work plan to enhance peace in the region.
As Adonai Ledesma, an associate of Cosurca, relates, “My hope is that our children will live and grow up in the midst of harmony.”
Our IAF grantee partners are constructing peace in their territories in Colombia. This is how we support their grassroots efforts as individual organizations and as a system — “un sistema de paz.”
Watch the next video: Preserving Culture in Post-Conflict Colombia
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