In the past, Socorro spent her days preparing meals for the coca growers and collectors who used her farmland to pluck and process the leaf. Now that she, along with her family, has eradicated coca crops, she does what she loves best: growing food and raising animals in peace.
In this episode of “Women Seeding Peace,” Socorro attends the Rural Alternative School (ERA) of San José del Guaviare, of which she is a neighbor and to where she has had access thanks to her participation in PASO Colombia’s Contingency Plan To Support Ex-coca Grower Families. There she exchanges knowledge with people in the process of reincorporation to make her crops and fish entrepreneurship more sustainable.
Like Socorro, women who have substituted coca crops across Colombia are creating a new life for themselves and their communities. The “Women Seeding Peace” web series collects the stories of participants of PASO Colombia’s Contingency Plan, which supports families registered in the National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Illicit Crops (PNIS). Today, these women are the driving forces of sustainable development in their territories.
The Contingency Plan to Support Ex-coca Grower Families is funded by the UN Multipartner Trust Fund for Sustaining Peace in Colombia, and implemented by PASO Colombia in coordination with the Presidential Office for Stabilization and Consolidation.