A space for everyone
I’m happy that I was able to spend nearly two weeks with Fundación Talento Colectivo, with Paula, Victor, Margarita, the crazy animal gang of Spike, Ramona, Milky and her kittens and all the lovely people that came to spend some time in the project. The first wonderful thing about this project that I want to mention is how the house is open for everybody.
During my time I was allowed to meet the beautiful group of wayuu women, with their colourful dresses and warm smiles and their lovely children; Zofia who volunteered as well in Fundación Talento Colectivo, young musicians who want to collaborate with the project, friends and neighbours that come by, and so on and so on. Everybody is welcomed with open arms and this group of people with such a rich diversity spend time together, work together, eat together, laugh together.
After having seen some different types of projects that aim to support specific areas, the inclusion of certain communities and development in general, what I found really special about Fundación Talento Colectivo is that the work is based on everybody being on the same level, a vertical and additionally bottom-up approach.
The base is the question of how products of the Wayuu communities can be sold to a fair price while including the artisans in the whole process.
Actually, it’s even more than “including”. The women are the manufacturers of their beautiful art work, which is an immensely creative process and in addition part of a very interesting and rich culture, and therefore are the ones who sell their bags and other artisanal pieces through Fundación Talento Colectivo. Eventually, the house, all of Paula’s and Victor’s work and everything that belongs to it, offers the opportunity for the women to present their work and sell it, and all of that in fair conditions and to a fair price, while also finding a place within Fundación Talento Colectivo that offers space to meet up, share, talk, work and be included. This collective space helps as well to awaken interest of costumers who otherwise would probably never even have the chance to meet the communities, and offers space for volunteers and travellers to learn and be included in the whole process of the project.
The school and education projects offer possibilities for the participating women to grow and learn and focus on knowledge which contributes to the life of the women and their children. In addition, as a volunteer, I was able to learn a lot from the women who bring such a wide range of knowledge and tradition with them. I simply enjoyed to spend time listening to the sound of their language, watch their unique work techniques and feeling my mind broadened by their stories.
Not one day is like the other in Fundación Talento Colectivo, as it’s a creative and flexible new project that just simply adapts to changing circumstances of everyday life.