Taller de Vida
(literally translated workshop of life) is an organization that works directly
with children, youth, families and communities that have been affected by
political social violence in Colombia. The centre has been operating for twenty
The centres focus is
psychological development and psychosocial interventions. Next to this, they
would like to build capacity to improve the respect of human rights of
minorities in Colombia in the long run.
At this moment Taller
de Vida has four development programs to achieve its goals:
la vida (literally: reinventing life): Psychosocial care and social development
support for families who have been forced to leave the area where theyve lived
and grew up.
2. Proyecto bamboo
(the bamboo project): Social integration
of children who were kidnapped by armed groups.
cebolla (literally: union heart): Projects
to prevent children from being exposed to armed conflicts and violence.
red (weave techniques): The development of social organizations and or social
enterprises. At this moment products such as wallets, diaries, picture frames
and other small articles are being made. The products are being made from paper,
dried seeds, small pieces of fabric and dried flowers. The products are sold in the 'Taller de Vida' webshop. At the same time this is an increasingly important source of income to finance the projects Taller de Vida is running.
Taller de Vida is well
known in Colombia and has already achieved a lot in the past twenty years. However, they would like to accomplish more
for the people they are working with. The loan will be used to set-up two new projects: to refurbish a new
location (a house which they received as a donation) to expand the current activities
of the centre and to procure tools and raw materials.
Lendahand and its local partner grant this loan to Taller de Vida payable in 24 months, to be able to make this ambition reality.