The migration of Venezuelans to Colombia poses a great challenge for the economic inclusion of 1.2 million people. It is also an opportunity to boost the rural economy in the Colombia-Venezuela border.
The ERAs are productive and educational collaboration networks, developed by OEF’s program PASO Colombia. They provide peasant communities and ex-combatants with agricultural training; technical assistance; and access to land, capital, and markets, and they promote Commercial Collaborative Partnerships (CCPs) to help participants sell their products.
After several months of exploration, consultation, and planning, PASO Colombia has launched a new Rural Alternative School in Guapi, Cauca. This marks the 11th territory in Colombia where PASO has worked to establish the ERA model.
As part of its national expansion plan, PASO Colombia has opened the position of Deputy Director. The role’s main responsibility will be managing and directing the day-to-day operations of PASO’s Rural Alternative Schools project.