Rural Alternative Schools (ERA) | San Jose, Colombia

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The Rural Alternative School of San José del Guaviare was established to support ex-combatants in the process of reincorporation of the Colinas Territorial Training and Reincorporation Space (ETCR). ERA participants are organized into two cooperatives: the Multiactiva Cooperative of the Colombian Amazon (COOAMACOL) and the Jaime Pardo Leal Cooperative (COOJAPAL), which mainly work on fish farming projects.

With training, technical support, and tools from PASO Colombia and University of Los Llanos, ERA participants have been able to produce artisanal animal feed with local resources (plants, seeds, crop residues, etc.) to replace the industrial feed used by livestock projects in the area. Thanks to this production, a Collaborative Commercial Partnership was established between ERA participants and community purchasers near Colinas that need feed for their animals.

This ERA also works on biodiversity conservation projects in the area. The area’s rich biodiversity is being threatened by external projects that do not have conservation or sustainability in mind.

This ERA has allies such as the University of Los Llanos, the World Food Program (PMA), the National Training Service (SENA), and the UN Verification Mission in Colombia.