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Our Efforts in Colombia

Catalyste+ has been working in Colombia since 1976, building the capacity of small businesses and chambers of commerce to drive community economic development. Our work with local partners through the Accelerating Women’s Empowerment program helps important sectors like tourism and agribusiness become more productive, equitable and environmentally sustainable. Enabling an environment for gender equality guides our actions.

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Natalia Naranjo, Country Representative

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Our Focus

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Strengthening Agribusiness

We’re empowering women farmers to increase production and access markets. Rural women are building their leadership skills and growing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with improved products, services and marketing.

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Building Capacity for Tourism and Hospitality

We’re providing technical assistance to organizations and associations focused on sustainable and responsible tourism. Women are building their leadership skills and growing small businesses.

How We’ve Made a Difference in Colombia

▪ Members of the Asociación de Mujeres Sembradoras de Vida developed their marketing skills and increased sales of their artisanal products crafted from recycled materials.

▪ We partnered with the San Rafael Local Tourism Network to support women leading efforts for the preservation of nature and culture through responsible tourism.

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Volunteer with Catalyste+

By sharing your professional knowledge and expertise, you can make a positive difference in Canada and around the world. We’ve been successfully matching our volunteer Catalyste+ Advisors with clients and partners in over 120 countries since 1967. Our Advisors drive both economic and social change by strengthening the private sector and creating an environment for communities to thrive.