Nashira Fact Sheet
Nashira is an eco-village, conceived as a life project for women heads of family, based on matriarchal principles, where women are in charge.
Nashira is located in El Bolo Alizal, city of Palmira, Departamento del Valle del Cauca, Colombia. In a 32.000 metres piece of land where citric fruits, plantain and noni trees are in full production, the women of Nashira are in the process of building a sustainable community.
The Nashira project aims to provide a better quality of life for women heads of family and their families. It aims to be a self-sufficient community where values such as solidarity, respect for the environment and sustainable development are the rule and not the exception.
There are 88 families in the Nashira project of those 41 have already built with their own hands their ecological houses and 47 are waiting for the Colombian government subsidy. Single mothers head 70% of the Nashira households. There are 200 people living in Nashira at present and a total of 44 children under the age of 14.
The families in Nashira are below the poverty line. The average family income is around US $66 dollars per month; the majority do not have a formal job. All the women in the Nashira project, those who have a house and those who don’t, work in the premises trying to generate an income. The women of Nashira are divided into eleven productive units. Each unit has a woman coordinator and a treasurer. The productive units are: Producing quail eggs, a nursery garden, a community store and Second Hand clothing store, recycling and collecting rubbish, worm composting, a community restaurant, noni and by products, growing vegetables and greens, fruit juices and water ices, sweets, pottery and ceramics.
The houses in Nashira have been built with panels made from recycled debris. The houses have no down payment or monthly instalments; the only cost is the work of the women themselves. The houses are arranged in groups of 8 Nashira has its own waterworks, and sewage managing system through a series of wetlands The houses have a guest room on the second floor where visitors are welcome, providing an extra income for the families.
There is an elected board of directors where all the productive units are present. They elect a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. There are 9 appointed committees made up of three women each such as waterworks, conflict resolution, cleaning and tiding up, public relations, ecological, income generation, tourism, parties and events, care of the children.
A composting dry toilet, where the walls have been built with recycled plastic bottles filled with sand. A solar panel to fry eggs and a solar oven to bake bread The fountain of the Pasha mama, where water is pump by a bicycle to generate a shower The Agora is a place to hold events, where a solar clock is in action. The children play ground.
Nashira received an award from UN Habitat in 2009 and was included in 2010 in the Maloka Colciencias Catalogue, where the best sustainable practices in Colombia are recorded.
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