Gran Tierra has given us the opportunity to grow. They have trained us, and we have grown personally and from a business standpoint too. This is true not only for us but other small and growing companies in the area.

AURA AIDENI BASTIDAS GUERRERO, Rivas Casa Banqueteria
 

This community was hard hit by the violence plaguing the country for a long time, but people now realize that this mindset needs to change. The oil sector has offered us many opportunities and combined with the distribution of oil royalties from the government we’ve had a lot of infrastructure improvements. People are not only thinking about getting jobs but also starting their own businesses here.

JOSÉ ANTONIO RIASCOS MADRID, Principal, Jarma Ingenia SAS

GTE is very much focused on empowering us in our territory. Being an entrepreneur has changed my life – it’s hard work and a lot of responsibility. But it is empowering. As we grow our companies, we are generating opportunities and helping improve the lives of people. GTE has been doing a very good job based on the work they have done with the community. I’m very grateful to them for the opportunity to strengthen ourselves that they have created.

BLANCO RAMIREZ, Principal, Zoe Solutions SAS

GTE is relatively new to our area – they came about 4 years ago to begin socializing the project. With GTE, we’ve always had a dialogue and have always been able to work out any issues. It’s clear that GTE wants to show us that they have nothing to hide, and we’ve worked together very well with the company on different environmental and social initiatives.

YURI MARCELA TORO VELEZ, Legal Representative
of Campo Alegre Village

I would have never worked to become president of the JAC if not for the [Gran Tierra] diploma course in leadership. It showed me how to speak in front of an audience and how to be less shy.

YVETTE CAROLINA AGUAS, President of La Banca
Community Association (JAC)