A Mother Daughter Connection: Honoring Our Past,
Creating the Future.
Women for Conservation is more than an organization, it is our legacy. Our organization was created in memory of Amparo, Sara’s mother, who was a visionary and was remembered by communities for her compassionate work with social outreach. Amparo dedicated her life to the empowerment of rural women in Cauca, Colombia; she unfortunately died at the age of 42, when Sara was only 19 years old. Her image is our logo and is represented by our mission,values and every aspect of our organization.
In essence, we are built on three generations of mother and daughter connection, passing knowledge, wisdom and passion. The lessons of our grandmother guides us to better understand the issues that women face. We dedicate our cause to the generations of women… past, present and yet to come.
Since it was established, the organization has partnered with fundación ProAves in Colombia to develop projects to empower women in rural communities at five project sites, including the nature reserves of El Dorado, El Jaguar, Loros Andinos, Cerulean Warbler, And Paujil. Involving women in the conservation of these reserves has successfully preserved natural resources while significantly reducing threats to endangered species.
As part of its earliest programs, Women For Conservation designed environmental education programs to raise awareness about endangered species and their habitats, in collaboration with local mothers and their children. To prevent deforestation, fuel-efficient stoves were provided to families, reducing the need to cook with firewood. Additionally, the initiative launched reproductive health campaigns and workshops that taught sexual education and distributed contraceptives to benefit women and their families.
Importantly, the organization economically empowers women by encouraging them to establish eco-friendly microbusinesses that produce Sustainable artisan crafts for sale. This extra income helps steer families away from earning a living through destructive practices such as logging, ranching, and poaching wildlife. The pilot program was made possible with support from the American Bird Conservancy and Audubon Naturalist Society. It has trained women from five villages to sustainably use natural resources; such as creating jewelry from seeds and Tagua nuts (otherwise known as “vegetable ivory”). The finished products are displayed and sold at ProAves Nature Reserves. Funds from sales pay a fair-trade wage to women participating in the program.