Colombia has one of the largest gaps between rich and poor in the world, resulting in social and economic exclusion that feeds unrest and instability. Decades of civil war in Colombia have caused the second-largest internal refugee crisis in the world, with approximately 3 million internally displaced people.

To counteract the effects of inequality and marginalization, Episcopal Relief & Development and Fundación Trinity (the humanitarian wing of the Episcopal Church in Colombia) are partnering to offer micro-finance opportunities to women living in fragile contexts and extreme poverty. Through the program, women form savings groups that provide a platform for solidarity and economic empowerment, as well as discussions on financial and business management, health, hygiene and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV). Fundación Trinity also provides micro-loans to group members to create or expand small businesses for income generation.

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training

Colombia Press Releases & Stories

Charting Pathways to Integration and ImpactEpiscopal Asset Map Celebrates 99 Dioceses, Invites Full Participation Across ChurchMay Web Series Feature Partners in Colombia and Friends in New Jersey

Fast Facts

More than one in four Colombians lives below the poverty line.

Colombia ranks near the bottom in terms of economic equality.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere  Learn more»

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all  Learn more »

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