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 Sirindango Artesanias: Indigenous Handicrafts
Sirindango, an association of largely female Indigenous artisans who work on their craft on the edge of Resguardo Condagua, located just east of Mocoa,
are members of one of the oldest Indigenous Inga communities in the area. For generations, they have been making hand woven jewellery and handicrafts using traditional methods for personal use, but in 2005 they began to sell small amounts of their work.
The group participated in Emprender Paga training sessions and received some seed capital to provide them with enough material to increase their production and also to construct a point of sale near the closest main road. Perhaps most importantly, Emprender Paga was able to help the group show their goods at product fairs around the country, providing critical access to a much larger set of potential buyers for this remote group. Emprender Paga’s investment was relatively small, but one with a huge impact for this burgeoning business.
“We wouldn’t be where we are without the Emprender Paga program. It offers more opportunities to keep growing the business. Our people are very happy because it’s very difficult to find a job here – and this has put up to 30 people to work.”
Anna Julia Miticanoy,
Sirindango Artesanias
Setas de mi Tierra: A Sustainable Food Source for the Future
Entrepreneur Isabel Guerrero grows over 100kg of mushrooms every month from her farming business, Setas de mi Tierra. The mushrooms are a sustainable, less expensive and delicious protein substitute for meat that is often eaten by Indigenous people living in the Amazon. Isabel participated in Emprender Paga to learn how to better run her business including how to market her products and how seed capital could enable her to install several important components at her facility to increase production.

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