Columbia, officially the Republic of Colombia is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America. Colombia shares a border to the northwest with Panama, to the east with Venezuela and Brazil and to the south with Ecuador and Peru. It shares its maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is a unitary, constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments. The territory of what is now Colombia was originally inhabited by indigenous peoples, including the Muisca, Quimbaya and the Tairona.
In 2016, the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) reported that 28.0% of the population were living below the poverty line, of which 8.5% in "extreme poverty". The multidimensional poverty rate stands at 17.8 percent of the population .
The average national unemployment rate in 2016 was 9.2% although the informality is the biggest problem facing the labour market (the income of formal workers climbed 24.8% in 5 years while labor incomes of informal workers rose only 9%).
In 2010, 3.4% of the children under 5 years old in Colombia suffer from global malnutrition (deficiency of weight for age) and up to 13% suffer from chronic malnutrition (deficiency of height for age). The situation is worse for the indigenous peoples of Colombia, who in the same indicators recorded rates of 7.5% and 29.5% respectively.
In Medellin, Colombia we have identified an opportunity to work with a well-respected and reliable partner that assists former prisoners to obtain functional skills and earn an honest living. Our partner also assists these individuals to reunite with their families and become responsible and productive members of society.
The program provides skills training to “qualified” participants who have demonstrated that they want help and have committed to becoming self-reliant through a skills training process - leading to the establishment of a small business – and a legitimate income generating activity.
Target Group for Training & Job Creation: Mainly the unemployed, under-employed and the disadvantaged that want to work but have inadequate skills or financial means to establish their own IGA.