For three consecutive years (2018, 2019 and 2020), PASO Colombia has conducted an annual survey among campesino (rural peasants) and reincorporated communities participating in Rural Alternative Schools (ERA) throughout the country. This information has allowed PASO to monitor the impact of its model over the years and make data-driven decisions. Recent results show a positive evolution that allows us to affirm that the ERAs contribute to the building of trust between communities, reincorporated persons and allies in the territory, as well as to the economic sustainability of the collective projects developed there, showing great potential for scaling up and positively impacting the development of the rural territories where the ERA model is implemented.
Thanks to the partnership between PASO Colombia and the Universidad Abierta y a Distancia (UNAD), 96 students graduated from the courses offered as part of the PASO Inteligente strategy. This strategy trains rural communities, migrant families and coca eradicator families, in agricultural production, marketing, and the use of digital technologies in rural contexts.
In Fonseca, La Guajira, a group of ex-combatants supported by PASO Colombia is scaling up its enterprise of laying hens in a silvopastoral system, generating income opportunities and savings for the neighboring communities.
Two reincorporated communities in Mutatá, Antioquia, receive training in the creation of audiovisual pieces for the commercialization of their enterprises. They are now starting their first crowdfunding campaign to build a productive infrastructure that will benefit the region.