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By Jairo A. Arboleda

This newest Voices of the bad research advances the participatory study culture of the former international financial institution Voices works with new modules concentrating on bad peoples' motion options. in the summertime of 2002, 942 terrible men and women from ten bad groups of Colombia mentioned pressing difficulties dealing with their households and groups. They shared their stories, frustrations and hopes for bettering their deteriorating livelihood clients, the pervasive violence afflicting their houses and groups, and the very bad academic and coaching possibilities availably in the neighborhood. Voices of the negative in Colombia additionally contains proposals, constructed by means of the groups, that they suspect can convey actual advancements to their lives. wide styles emerge from the greater than 250 motion options built. First, bad humans view difficulties of livelihood, lack of confidence and schooling as tightly attached, and growth must be made concurrently on all 3 fronts if any is to be made in any respect. moment, families are obvious to be the severe arenas during which improvement difficulties commence after which unfold, and responsive and potent neighborhood associations are extraordinarily very important if negative households and groups are to develop into extra harmonious, safe and wealthy. regardless of the broader political violence, an important discovering from this paintings is a really frequent view that extra cohesive and enhanced households and native organisations are the bedrock to bigger peace and improvement.

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Labor Trends among Women in Medellín 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1990 Clothes making Striptease 1993 1995 Domestic services Street vendor Source: Discussion group of women in Medellín. 22 Voices of the Poor in Colombia 1998 2002 Construction Garbage recycler Box 4. Asociación La Nueva Esperanza “It gives us an opportunity to improve our situation,” says a Sanquianga woman about the Asociación La Nueva Esperanza, or New Hope Association. The association reforested a mangrove marsh, planting 3,000 trees with the help of local people, who also lent a boat, gas, and food to the effort.

In rural Bazan, where some 1,700 people are settled in 75 houses, there is too little room to build new homes. Each extended family has had to take in yet more relatives who have been forced to flee the Río Tapaje region. “Violence and clashes between guerrilla and paramilitary groups are forcing people to leave Tapaje and come to the beaches, and that’s a problem. The beach has no sewage system or running water . . 1 The pressures on receiving communities were further compounded during the recession by the lack of funding for social assistance programs targeting displaced people (World Bank 2002b).

They have to go out and work,” say Medellín residents. A resident of Cali explains, “Some children work because their parents have no way to support them . . ” In both Pasto and Medellín, discussion groups of youths report that gang-related crime such as theft, assault, and drug peddling have risen in tandem with unemployment in recent years. Poor people say that crime is in fact the most effective means of earning income in Cali. The peak times for income from stealing, according to participants in a discussion group there, are the months of December (Christmas holidays), July (school vacation), and March (Holy Week).

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