CORMUDEPAZ (Corporation of Women for Peace, Democracy and Culture) has been working with vulnerable groups in poor areas of Bucaramanga, Colombia since 2008.

The project takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of community members. This includes workshops on key issues such as domestic violence and human rights. The project also provides health education and support for new businesses, while children are provided with a range of arts-based courses including music, dance and drama.

Vocational training is a core activity of CORMUDEPAZ and includes working with the provincial government to provide shoemaking and shoe design courses for at-risk youth and women who were displaced or are victims of abuse.

The project also provides emergency support for victims of natural disasters, providing food, blankets, clothing and essential household items.

With community support for the development and self-improvement of women heads of household, 20 families now enjoy greater economic stability because they learnt to make ladies shoes with CORMUDEPAZ in Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia.

“I am Cruzdelina Rey, displaced from a rural area by violence. I learnt how to make shoes and this is how I sustain my family.”