Chocó, Chocolate, and Challenges

Approximately two-thirds of the population of Chocó, a region on the western coast of Colombia, live below the poverty line. It is also a region troubled by violence from internal armed groups, in part due to the growing of illicit crops. In order to respond to this situation, the Weaving Hope Agricultural Foundation (henceforth, the…

Mampujan Wants Peace in Colombia

Mampujan is a small community in the Montes De Maria in the Department of Bolivar in the north of Colombia. Its economy is based in the growing of corn, cassava, rice and vegetables and the breeding of turkeys, chickens and goats. Because of its geographical location and the presence of hills and valleys, the zone…

Colombia and Its Victims

The conflict that Colombia has lived for more than 6 decades has left many victims because of the different armed groups, both illegal and from the State. Here is the history of one of these victims. We will call her Marian for security reasons. She was born in the department of Meta (map figure) and…

Dreams Within the Campo

We all dream. We have small dreams, we have big dreams, we have silly dreams, and we have dreams that could change the world. People in the city can dream, people in poverty can dream, and people in rural places can dream. Often times, when we talk about dreams in rural areas we talk about…

I am a Victim, and I Believe in Peace

My Name is: Leocadio Banquez Estremor. I am 62 years old, and I was born in Libertad, Sucre. I am part of the community council in Libertad, and it’s been 20 years since I was displaced by paramilitaries. My story begins here. As I told you before, I was born in Libertad, Sucre 62 years…

Weaving Hope through Cacao Farming

Simon Eliecer Valencia Moreno is a farmer who lives with his wife in Paimadó, a rural community here in the Chocó region of Colombia where I’m accompanying the Mennonite Brethren church in my role as a Seeder. Like many rural communities in the region, Paimadó is only accessible by river, and Simon, like other farmers,…