Duration
2014


Location
Barrancabermeja, Santander Department, Colombia


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Closing Gaps Program

This program, called Cerrando Brechas or Closing Gaps—seeks to improve the quality of life for 600 residents living in extreme poverty in the municipality of Barrancabermeja, Department of Santander, in north-central Colombia, as part of a strategy led by the National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (ANSPE) with support from PADF, the local municipality, and Ecopetrol, one of the four largest petroleum companies in Latin America. 

Working with local participants, this program aims to improve their productive and social skills and capacities through capacity strengthening The process involves a diagnostic analysis of the participants and their businesses, then the development of an improvement and investment plan depending on the needs of each business. This is then followed by a process of capitalization in an effort to strengthen the microbusinesses.

This process also includes a component that provides social support to both participants and their families through trainings and advice to be better prepared to face the challenges of managing a business.  

Location
Barrancabermeja, Santander Department, Colombia