#MujeresConEnergía

Project name:

#MujeresConEnergía

Project location: 

Colombia

Sub-focus area: 

Diversity & Inclusion

To promote gender equality in the organization, AES Colombia hired 111 women for the construction of the Parque Castilla Solar project, to work in various technical, operational and administrative roles during the construction process. This is part of the successful #MujeresConEnergía campaign that was started 6 years ago to hire women across the operations and maintenance of Chivor. Today the company has women in both technical and administrative areas, from entry-level positions to management. AES Colombia also promotes the incorporation of female interns, apprentices and temporary employees in its operation, seeking new talents in technical areas of the electricity sector as well as industrial security, treasury, accounting, management and performance, among other areas.

With the challenge of # MujeresConEnergía, AES Colombia has implemented different initiatives to raise awareness of the value of equity within companies, yielding positive results directly related to saving and effective management of resources, empathy with communities and problems with solutions efficient.

Impact:

More than 200 women

Partners:

Aequales, PAR Community

Maintenance of roads and bridges in Colombia

Project name:

Investing in Local Infrastructure

Project location: 

Colombia

Sub-focus area: 

Infrastructure

Taking into account the precarious state of roads and bridges in the region, AES supports the maintenance of roads and bridges through a joint effort with local municipalities and leaders in the communities where we operate.

In this way, we improve mobility of the local communities, supporting better access to education, commercial and health services in the area. Once the projects are completed, community leaders manage the execution and diligent application of investments.

Impact:

11 projects undergone beneficiating more than 5000 people.

Partners:

A strategic alliance has been created with the municipal administration, the local social and community leaders and AES.

Sustainable and specialty coffee and cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project name:

Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project location: 

Colombia 

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

Colombia is the largest producer of mild coffee and one of the few countries that produces fine cocoa worldwide. The Esmeralda Reservoir located in the Tenza Valley is surrounded by optimal areas for coffee and cocoa crops that historically have not been used properly, and whose potential had been unrealized.  

The Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa programs develops high quality and high value products through sustainable agroforestry systems while simultaneously promoting the conservation of biodiversity, the protection of water resources and the strengthening of social structures to support new generations in the region. 

By partnering and sharing knowledge with coffee and cocoa producers, AES Colombia is empowering local producers and improving community knowledge, skills, attitude, and motivation for the management of crops.  

Impact

More than 102 coffee producing families and 43 cocoa producers have benefited

About 10,000 coffee seedlings were planted for renewing the coffee plantations in the municipalities of Garagoa and Sutantenza.   

Partners:

AES Colombia formed a strategic alliance with the Colombian NGO SELVA and 9 trade associations in a joint effort with the municipal mayors and government departments of Macanal, Garagoa, Almeida, Somondoco and Guayatá, the environmental corporation – Corpochivor, the national federations of coffee and cocoa growers and the Colombian National Institution for Technical Learning – SENA, Agrosavia and Corpoica among others.  

Through the development of centralized processes and the improvement of the quality of the grain, the project aims to develop specialty coffee and cocoa to conquer specialized market niches and increase profitability. With better market prices, producers can afford the costs of managing their crops, receive a wage payment and still obtain profits for other needs. Additionally, a mechanism of adaptation to climate change, was used for both programs to ensure better income in the long-term for the local coffee and cocoa farming families as well as more sustainable productive chains over time.