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SENA TERRITORY

Pilar Navarrete
Head of the Communications Office
2021/OCTOBER

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Traveling around the country to discover the richness of Colombian culture, its biodiversity, and its landscapes is an experience that can only be possible in a geographically diverse country like ours. So, exploring La Guajira, with its Wayú tradition, the green paradise of the Amazon, and its imposing river, as well as trying Mojojoy, one of the typical dishes of its gastronomy is truly delightful. The same thing happens when we face the powerful Colombian Pacific, with unique ecosystems found in Chocó, and the Colombian Massif in Cauca, along with all its water wealth. Not to mention the magic of Valle del Cauca, Nariño, the Llanos Orientales, and Antioquia, to name just a few places from all our vast heritage.
These places reflect the men and women who represent them, ambassadors of their idiosyncrasy, worldview, and culture. Indeed, they project the impressive talent from their territories where we have been able to confirm the important work carried out by SENA in all areas and sectors.
From the education perspective, through SENA’s strategy to guide Colombians from the countryside and the city, who dream of turning a business idea into a company, and can achieve that goal thanks to the training programs (technicians and technologists) and certification offered by SENA and its support to promote entrepreneurship. And from the labor market in establishing connections so our talented people can obtain a decent job and contribute to the needs of the national productive sector.
The artisan Patricia Miranda is a living testimony of this important exercise. Originally from Nobsa, Boyacá, she certified her skills in embroidery, then in looms and now she is training in needle weaving: crochet, which is the technique she uses. “This certification process at SENA changed my life because by including it in my resume, it has given more value, support, and credibility to my work. This gives my clients greater confidence when looking for me to develop any project. In addition, I have made my work known through social networks and this has allowed me to sell my products and work throughout this pandemic time” she explains.
The story of Luis Castillo and Gustavo Rodríguez are also good examples since they found the SENA of Girardot (Cundinamarca) an opportunity for training in tourism processes, which they say “turned their lives around”. They point out that they have learned about gastronomy, tourist routes, bird watching, customer-tourist service, and agribusiness, with topics related to coffee. The victim and the displaced community, and the agricultural leaders had priority in this learning process.
Ricardo Cardoso, the creator of Agropecuaria El Madroño in Yaguará, Huila, says that he was able to achieve his goal of establishing a producer of high-quality milk and fattening cattle thanks to the support of the Emprender Fund. “It is livestock developed under strict environmental standards. We implement tree planting and organic fertilizer in the pastures,” he explains. They currently produce 100 liters of milk a day and have generated three direct jobs. “SENA has been fundamental in our growth process, the resources assigned to us for $ 124 million and the support throughout our development,” the entrepreneur points out.
It is impossible not to admire these Colombians: young people, women, farmers, people with disabilities, who, despite their difficulties, dream of a better future for themselves, for their communities, and their regions. Therefore, building a team, through our 33 regional headquarters, and guiding them in this process represents a greater challenge, since our desire is to co-create in every possible way: from education, entrepreneurship, and employment to promote reactivation and take our country to another level hand in hand with the protagonists of the territories.
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Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
Editorial Committee: Guillermo Martin, Karen Camacho y Fernando García. General Information: Journalists General Direction Regional Communicators. Design: República Audiovisual.