Thursday, February 2

More than 6 thousand families are developing sustainable enterprises in vulnerable areas of the country

Poultry farms, production of vegetable plots, tubers, sewing workshops, crafts and the establishment of bakeries, are some of the enterprises that have developed more than 6 thousand families between the last two years as part of a strategy that carries forward the Ministry of Social Development (Size), through Family Networks, a program developed to attack poverty and inequality in the most vulnerable regions of the country.

A management report on the Directorate of Investment for the Development of Social Capital shows that more than half of the benefit groups (3,934 families) belong to the Conditional Cash Transfer Programs (PTMC).

Most of the beneficiaries were concentrated in four (4) projects such as: Agriculture with more than 5,000 beneficiaries, followed by the dressmaking sector (58), while in the bakery sector (57), crafts and making trembles (49) and the list is completed by beauty ventures with 32 favored.

The rest is distributed in other undertakings.

The Family Networks It is a sustainable development proposal that is built from the integration of the resources of the government, civil society and private enterprise.

The Minister of Social Development, Maria Ines Castillo He said that the interesting thing about these projects is that they have a national coverage, being developed in ten (10) provinces and four (4) regions of the country, serving 44 districts and 115 districts, of which, 105 are part of the focus of the Beehive Plan. .

Castillo noted that these projects empower rural women and motivate them to venture into the development of profitable and productive enterprises that give them economic freedom and allow them to generate income for their families.

He also considered that these projects are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically with SDGs #1 and #2 that seek to put an end to hunger and poverty. In this sense, he highlighted that the ventures create opportunities in regions where economic development has not arrived.

The minister of the social portfolio stated that the National Government is committed to transferring all the help that is necessary to the most remote communities through training and technical support from the governing institutions.

These enterprises represent for many women and families, the first source of stable income. In addition, this monetary benefit is considered as its own and, in this sense, it consolidates its position in the decision-making processes of the home and a better quality of life”, the minister stated.

The ventures are carried out in districts such as Las Huacas, Natá district, Coclé province, which has a multidimensional poverty index of 88.3%, according to the MPI-C, prepared by the Technical Secretariat of the Mides Social Cabinet.

In this region, products such as rice, corn, onions, peppers, banana plants, carrots, cabbage, beans and other basic items are being harvested successfully and sustainably.

For its part, Cecilia Rodriguez A 54-year-old beneficiary of Red de Oportunidades has developed successful businesses on her half-hectare plot located in her residence in the community of Las Huacas. In 5 thousand meters he has managed to produce organic rice, onions, banana plants, carrots and tomatoes.

According to the management report, the projects are implemented through the Colmena methodology, incorporating the support and participation of strategic allies. With funds from the loan project with the World Bank, the development of agricultural and poultry projects is promoted.

These projects are implemented through family gardens, developing the methodology of Field Schools (ECAS), acquired under a technical assistance agreement with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); the accompaniment and technical assistance is carried out by the Mides with the support and participation of institutions such as the WHAT, INADEH, AMPYME y BDA, among others.

These alliances have allowed each of the beneficiaries to receive up to 14 different types of seeds, in addition to technical assistance, fertilizers and other essential supplies.

And with investment from Mides, other productive inclusion activities are carried out in the areas of dressmaking, handicrafts and bakeries in 12 pilot regions of the country.