LAB DESIS U.P.B. Women weavers of fique Santa Barbara, Antioquia, Colombia A collaborative network for a rural community-based enterprise Key words: Regions: rural-urban links | local resources valorization Enterprises: craftsmanship | community-based enterprises
Context: Santa Barbara town is located south-west from Medellín. There is a community in the area that’s involved for a short period of time in the production and transformation of fique, which is made of the maguey tree leaves. This community of women is looking for the consolidation of a community-based enterprise to become autonomous and improve their work organization.
Project: We conducted a 3-day camp where we came close to the daily practices of the rural community gathered around the production and transformation of fique as part of the investigation and the co-design process, involving participatory activities and knowledge transfer exercises.
Design role: To better understand rural practices their limits and possibilities, and be able to participate in the co-designing process of a collaborative network between the rural community to facilitate the work organization.