Welcome to Amazon PuebloTM
The Amazon Pueblo project is dedicated to helping indigenous villages of the Colombian Amazon to live sustainably through the development of socially conscious business. The Yagua community of La Libertad is the first village in which we work.
We believe the best way for us to accomplish our mission is by helping the villagers to help themselves. We listen to what the people say they want and need, analyze the information, look for opportunities in the region and abroad, and help the people to organize and act.
We believe that the three areas which may be addressed to most successfully achieve our goals are:
1) exploring agricultural production following sustainable, rain forest-friendly practices
2) education, health, and infrastructure improvements needed to support the development of sustainable business
3) assisting the villagers to access resources from the local government, development agencies, and volunteers
We have helped to improved the infrastructure of the village. We have made positive contacts with the local government. Where do we go from here to achieve our mission? Action in small-scale business!
To fund-raise and simply give the people of the Amazon "things" is not a sustainable model for our organization. We believe that the best way to promote sustainability in the village of La Libertad, and throughout the region, is through socially conscious business. The underused human capital of the village, and region, is seeking the opportunity to work and trade. The resources of the Amazon are great. The government is encouraging and willing to assist with development. The Amazon Pueblo project will help the village to go forward.
Hector at the front of our boat. This was one of our last trips on the river before I left in August, 2013. We start out in the small stream that passes to the east of the village. This stream then flows into the main channel of the Amazon.
Many people I talk to are curious about the Amazon. "What is it like?", "Are the bugs bad?", and "Have you ever been bitten by a piranha while swimming?" are just some of the questions I have been asked. This site will help answer some of these questions by introducing you to a small Yagua community living in the Colombia section of the Amazon River.
And for the truly adventurous, how to visit the village, find the answers to your questions, and become part of their lives!