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Satellite Captains: Empowering rural youth to build a prosperous and sustainable field in post-conflict areas.

We make the field in post-conflict rural areas a scenario of participation, collaboration, and trust.

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz
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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The model promotes rural youth empowerment aiming at the creation of satellites in zones affected by armed conflict, illicit crop production, or in peace process.
A satellite is an array of local actors within a rural community that supported by collective intelligence platforms and financing platforms generate valued connections with urban volunteers and investors allowing to integrate local capabilities, knowledge and resources from different actors. The purpose is to promote the co-creation of productive, social, cultural, environmental, or technological entrepreneurial projects, as well as political projects, which are implemented by youths and contribute to the welfare of their rural community.
We seek that rural youth find in the entrepreneurial path an alternative for developing their potential and the creation of richness in the field and for the field, without having to migrate to the city or turn into active actors of the conflict. Also to lead technical, financial and technology resources centered in the cities toward the poorest rural communities affected by the armed conflict.
Key elements in the model:
Impact measuring: we monitor economical, productive, social, cultural, technological, environmental and political variables of the youth, via an instrument that captures information on and offline by means of an app to identify changes of the situation.
Training of the Satellite Captain (youth leader in the rural community): is a training program in soft skills, tic’s, which allows young to become a bridge between the community and external actors through the platforms.
Implementation of the mentorship program for the incubation and acceleration: by professional or university volunteers by present and virtual mode, that leads to start up of youth entrepreneurships.
Design and implementation of platforms: for the collective co-creation of entrepreneurships and their financing, under modes of donation, crop adoption and investment.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries must have the following 3 characteristics:

• Be a young person between 15 and 35 years of age that has an idea of a productive, economic, social, environmental, cultural or political project and that wishes to implement in its territory as a life project for its development and the development of its rural community.
• Live in rural areas of the regions that have been or continue to be affected by the armed conflict in Colombia.
• Young farmers in the countryside (day laborer or small agricultural producer), young rural woman or man who is engaged in a non-agricultural activity, young indigenous, young afro-descendant, young people affected or displaced by violence who are going to return to the countryside, young rural ex-combatants of the guerrilla or illegal groups that are being reintegrated into society in the framework of the signing of the peace process, young person discriminated by their religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation or race.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

We are a model of activating local capacities that connect not only financial resources but human and technical combining technological tools with local assets.
We don’t lead projects but generate the capacities, tools and networks so that the Satellite Captain themselves be the ones leading with support from their community.
The collective intelligence does not stay in just co-creating, but allows the development of capacities (mentorship) and the start-up of projects always leading into action.
The model directs to the development of sustainable entrepreneurships from an economical and environmental scope.
As an externality, we promote that urban professional and university students see the potential the countryside has for creation and distribution of wealth.
Compared to other social organizations, we are young and flexible, focused in giving quick answers with innovation. All of our team are young in its majority, which has allowed us to get closer easily to rural youths.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

In Planeta Rural “We empower rural youth to build a prosperous and sustainable field”
Web Page:
Linked in:
Twitter: @Planeta_Rural
Instagram: @planeta_rural
Canal Youtube:

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

1. Never again will the countryside be considered as a synonym of backwardness and poverty, we will achieve an influential field, prosperous and with opportunity for all.
2. Without opportunities in the countryside, a stable and lasting peace is not achieved.
3. Is the moment to contribute to a fair, free and equal rural society,
4. The field is the source of life, without our youths in the countryside, ¿who will be producing the food that world needs?

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

In Colombia, at the rural zones of armed conflict, the peace process is impacted by the drug trafficking business, which has led to illicit cocaine cropping by farmers and other organized groups. It is also affected by dissenting groups of the peace process who have created new groups outside of the law system.

The conflict at the same time has not ended entirely, impacting prosperity because the necessary conditions for economic sustainability and social order maintenance are not met. The rural youth are especially vulnerable to migration, micro traffic and the production of illicit crops.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We will mainly work with base organizations within the communities such as: youth collectives, existing collaborative networks, producer associations, indigenous communities associations. We will also connect universities, government institutions and private companies.

The role of base organizations is to articulate local actors, support the satellite captain for the start-up of entrepreneurships and the support for the creation and sustainability of the satellite.
Other organizations are government entities whose role is to help in the articulation, support the construction of spaces with the community and the spaces for the visibility of the entrepreneurs. They may also engage with infrastructure and financial support.

The private company will have a role in financial support, corporate volunteering and possible productive chaining. The universities will support with their knowledge, university volunteering and infrastructure.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Youth are agents of technological change and it is easier and more attractive for them to access technological resources such as platforms. By being young they have more energy to work, are optimistic and have hopes on a better future. A competitive advantage is the transition towards peace where we are in Colombia which favors the creation of a new ecosystem for the activation of satellites in zones of post conflict.

Geographic Focus

The project is aimed at rural communities in post-conflict zones in Colombia.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

Co-creation and testing of programs, instruments and channels: impact measurement, training programs, mentoring, collective intelligence platforms, crowdfarming, donation and investment. (9 months)
Calls and selection of rural communities, satellite captains, mentors. (3 months)
Positioning of Platforms. from month 10
Execution: training, mentoring and platforms (from month 10) and for 24 months
Impact measurement: start, during and end of each mentored project (from month 10)
Total: 36 mon

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


Join the conversation:

Photo of Starling

Empoderar a los jóvenes rurales para liderar en su comunidad y mostrar que el campo es sostenible, juntos y con ideas nuevas podemos transformar el territorio colombiano. Excelente iniciativa¡¡

Photo of Adriana Santamaría

Hi Nazly.
Thanks for sharing your project!
I like how your project focuses on rural economic development. It is clear for me that our path to peace needs economic opportunities that lower our social inequalities.
Could you expand some more on how you envision the rural youths opening up markets for their products.


Photo of Jairo Castelblanco Toro

Colombia needs these projects to encourage the field and work of many rural youth.
Farmers need ideas, projects and opportunities to continue working to build a more sustainable planet. Excellent this initiative !!!!

Photo of Vidhya Shanker

Nazly Catalina Ortiz , you are right--our projects are very similar! While SLFND has expanded our focus beyond youth a bit, we agree that peace, planetary health, and prosperity lie in current generations' ability to defend rural areas from corporate prospectors as well as anyone else who doesn't have longstanding relationships and family ties with these areas.

I appreciate your feedback on Ta-Valema Learning Lab and will make the fact that our social enterprises will finance our work more clear.

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Photo of Luis Murcia

What an incredible project!, these ideas are what generate positive social changes. To think of the young people of the countryside is to return to our roots. congratulations!

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

Hello Luis! As you say this is an incredible project to carry it out by people as you and our team, who can see things others can't! Wellcome!

Photo of Alejandro Herrera

Im very excited with this idea. the only way for a stable and lasting peace is to build bridges with young leaders who love their territory and so build a prosperous and sustainable contryside

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

Me too!

Photo of Juan Camilo

La migración de los jóvenes del campo es una realidad a nivel mundial y Latinoamericana, la falta de oportunidades de educación, de crédito para trabajar sus predios, de trabajos calificados, ocasiona que el desarrollo del joven y la familia campesina se vea relegado con respecto a la ciudad, gracias a planeta rural por creer en los jóvenes y posibilitar oportunidades de desarrollo para los pobladores del campo colombiano.

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

Hola Juan Camilo, estamos seguros que en los jóvenes esta la esperanza de crear un nuevo campo con oportunidades para todos! Gracias por creer en esta causa y contribuir a ella!

Photo of Sara Daniela Garcia Diaz

I really like the idea, because the young native people are linked since the begining of the proyect, and who would be more able to make the proper initiatives than them? no one, the natives are the ones who knows their own needs,the needs of the region.

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

This is true Sara, it is the same people who are the relevant actors to make the change they need! Thank you so much for your contribution and to be a part of our volunteers!

Photo of 17955653

Excelente iniciativa para promover desarrollo rural y fomenta el emprendedurismo en jóvenes rurales. Adelante Planeta Rural.

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

Así es, sabemos cómo lograr a través del emprendimiento promover el desarrollo rural! Te invitamos a conocer más sobre Satellite Captains en nuestras redes sociales! Gracias por comentar y animarnos!

Photo of Maria Reyes Ortiz

I feel inspired and very proud of projects that empower young and talented people with lack of resources.
Thank you for making the world a better place, well done!

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

Yes Maria, with Satellite Captains we are inspiring more young people like you to make the world a better place to live! God bless you!

Photo of Lisandro Hernandz

Rural youth empowering other young people in their community. This is the opportunity to build peace and leadership development for rural youth in the territories of our country

Photo of Alejandro Herrera

Hi Lisandro Hernandz this Project is for you. In planeta rural we believe that the rural young people have the powers needed for building a sustainable and prosperous contryside, thanks for your support and courage. See you later satellite captain

Photo of Néstor Bello Vieda

Great project, in this postconflict moment the country needs young people working from the countryside to build the future.

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

Thank you for your comment, as you say satellite captains is a great opportunity to engage youth rural in the building of a new countryside in our country!

Photo of arojasgon .

Without a doubt, thanks to the field, we can create a company.
Congratulations Lorena for following the examples of your generación and projecting to create a company; beekeepers defend the role of bees for the conservation of our ecosystems and forge the developmet of crops that are the basis of our diet
It is ver y positive to highlight the importance of bees, without blaming anyone forma the health problems that this
 but surprising animal suffers.

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

arojasgon . We hope satellite captains are the bridge to build a prosperous and sustainable countryside with youths as Lorena and you!

Photo of Luis Murcia

Muy entusiasmados con este proyecto, estas ideas son las que generan cambios sociales positivos. Pensar en los jóvenes del campo es volver a nuestras raíces. felicitaciones!

Photo of Nazly Catalina Ortiz

I really appreciate this opportunity of making new models to change the structures of power and recover the great importance all young in rural areas have in the world, specially those who are in remote areas and most affected by armed conflict!