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Life in South America

To improve conditions for low-income residents of Caldas, Colombia, we must first understand what their lives look like today.

Do you have personal experience living, working or travelling in Colombia? Are you eager to hop on the internet and start researching life in South America? This Mission asks you to do some learning and sharing around what life is like in low-income communities throughout South America.

Some things to consider:
  • How can you show what life in Colombia (and more generally, South America) looks like? Images and videos will be extremely helpful here.
  • South America comprises a vast and diverse set of cultures, terrains, and people. Try to hone in on issues that are relevant for our challenge question, including health and wellness, financial access and literacy, and small business creation.
  • If you personally don’t have experience in South America, think about other ways you might learn – read newspapers, check out online blogs, even interview friends!

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Johan van Lengen founded TIBÁ (Bio-Architecture and Intuitive Technology), an institute in Brazil’s Mata Atlantica jungle that offers workshops on ecological building techniques.

Johan van Lengen founded TIBÁ (Bio-Architecture and Intuitive Technology), an institute in Brazil’s Mata Atlantica jungle that offers workshops on ecological building techniques.

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We sent members of our team out into Manizales, the capital of Caldas, to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO community.

We sent members of our team out into Manizales, the capital of Caldas, to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO community.

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Medellin was a crime capital, but in a decade, through the leadership of the government and ambitious building projects, crime rate has steadily decreases. (despite the recent rise..) Community buildings are key in the poorest neighborhoods.

Medellin was a crime capital, but in a decade, through the leadership of the government and ambitious building projects, crime rate has steadily decreases. (despite the recent rise..) Community buildings are key in the poorest neighborhoods.

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We sent members of our team out into the communities of Caldas to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO community.

We sent members of our team out into the communities of Caldas to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO community.

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We sent members of our team out into the communities of Caldas to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO community.

We sent members of our team out into the communities of Caldas to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO community.

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After reading Koos' inspiration about Colombia's informal economy, I wanted to learn more about informal economies and came across this interview with Steve Daniels, who spent time in Africa researching informal economies.

After reading Koos' inspiration about Colombia's informal economy, I wanted to learn more about informal economies and came across this interview with Steve Daniels, who spent time in Africa researching informal economies.

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I read an article that made me rethink a lot of what i was researching about for this challenge, I hope you too will find a couple of interesting things here:
http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/12/the-seven-myths-of-slums/

I read an article that made me rethink a lot of what i was researching about for this challenge, I hope you too will find a couple of interesting things here: http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/12/the-seven-myths-of-slums/

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There may be good business opportunities in building housing or creating construction materials. Everybody needs a roof over their heads and most people actually have one and paid for it.

There may be good business opportunities in building housing or creating construction materials. Everybody needs a roof over their heads and most people actually have one and paid for it.

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Most of Risaralda's economy comes from the Coffee plantations. Therefore if we educate this community in a better and more profitable ways of using the land, we can improve their incomes.

Most of Risaralda's economy comes from the Coffee plantations. Therefore if we educate this community in a better and more profitable ways of using the land, we can improve their incomes.

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Women are the center of the underground societal structures in Latin America. Many raise their children alone. They feed, educate and inspire the future generations while being prevented to access education, health care, employment and credit.

Women are the center of the underground societal structures in Latin America. Many raise their children alone. They feed, educate and inspire the future generations while being prevented to access education, health care, employment and credit.

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Telenovelas are a television drama form that is quite popular in Latin America, including Columbia, & beyond. In fact, "Betty la Fea" (aka "Ugly Betty"), a popular Columbian telenovela, has been adapted for >30 networks around the world.

Telenovelas are a television drama form that is quite popular in Latin America, including Columbia, & beyond. In fact, "Betty la Fea" (aka "Ugly Betty"), a popular Columbian telenovela, has been adapted for >30 networks around the world.

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We sent members of our team out into the communities of Caldas to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO Community.

We sent members of our team out into the communities of Caldas to take pictures and report back to the OpenIDEO Community.

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