Women Seeding Peace - Life After Coca Crops

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Women Seeding Peace is a video web series created by PASO Colombia, a program of One Earth Future.  The series presents stories of transformation, sharing the lives of women who have left illicit crops behind to sow a new future of peace in their communities. These women have participated in PASO Colombia’s Contingency Plan To Support Ex-coca Grower Families, which has lended support in 10 municipalities, assisting 1,967 families registered in the Colombian government’s National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Illicit Crops (PNIS), developed as part of the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

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.

Sembradoras de Paz Emilse

Emilse - Dagua, Valle del Cauca

After eradicating coca crops, Emilse, together with a group of women, transformed her farm to produce and market food. Now, she is building a new relationship with her daughters and sowing a legacy for peace in her community.

Nancy - Alternatives to Growing Coca Colombia

Nancy - Anorí, Antioquia

Violence robbed Nancy’s children of their fathers. Now, she uses her leadership abilities to work with other women that have left coca crops behind, reconstructing the municipal nursery and cultivating a future of peace for their community.

Alternative Crops - Coca - Colombia

Mirian - Anorí, Antioquia

After losing her home in the midst of war, Mirian has rebuilt her life as part of the municipal nursery of Anorí. Having left the coca economy and violence behind, she was able to continue her education, learning valuable skills to generate income.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Socorro

Socorro - San José del Guaviare, Guaviare

Socorro has left behind grueling days in the kitchen preparing meals for coca growers who once worked her farmland. Today, in the Rural Alternative School (ERA) of San José del Guaviare, she’s learning how to sustainably grow legal crops and to breed animals.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Jani

Jani - Puerto Asís, Putumayo

Jani transformed her life thanks to the Contingency Plan. After leaving coca crops behind, she is now a leader in a Peasant Farmer Reserve where she shares her knowledge and is building a legacy of peace and prosperity in her community.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Johana and Aura

Johana and Saura - Tibú, Norte de Santander

Johana and Saura share a history of forced displacement and the growing of coca crops to support their families. Today, both are reinventing their lives by learning new skills in sustainable agriculture and leaving their difficult past behind.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Sandra and Doris

Sandra and Doris - Dagua, Valle del Cauca

Learn how these women entrepreneurs who eradicated coca crops have formed the ecotourism cooperative CORTUCAN, preserving and teaching about the paradise concealed in the Anchicayá River basin.

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