Urban Garden Network
To diversify income sources, improve social capital and foster peaceful coexistence.
Comuna 8, Medellín, Colombia
COMUNA 8 IS HOME TO OVER 135,000 PEOPLE WHO FACE DAILY CHALLENGES TO FIND FORMALIZED WORK AND BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
COMUNA 8 IS HOME TO 11% OF THE DISPLACED POPULATION OF MEDELLIN WITH 98% OF THE POPULATION EARNING ON, OR BELOW, THE MINIMUM WAGE
E2E IS DEVELOPING A NETWORK OF URBAN GARDENS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INCOME AND IMPROVE PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE
E2E is uniting the efforts of different interest groups,educators, gardeners, schools and community leaders with markets and social investors who want to be part of realizing true change in our communities.
Being coherent with the background, current context, and government programs in Comuna 8, the E2E Foundation initiative builds on the relationships and plans already established between different interest groups to develop a network of urban gardens that serve as a tool to improve peaceful coexistence, as well as the sustainability of the city.
This initiative establishes two objectives that contribute to sustainability:
Through the urban garden network, the beneficiaries of the project can increase and diversify their sources of income, increasing resilience to price variation of basic products, or use the products for personal consumption.
By working with local leaders and existing social networks E2E is creating a positive environment around the urban gardens and leading activities that improve social capital and peaceful coexistence, enabling the community to address different issues that affect their neighborhoods.
To achieve project continuity and sustainability, the E2E Foundation works alongside community institutions to empower the community by early inclusion in project design, implementation and follow-up.