Project promotes solidarity fund, management and collective development to benefit indigenous groups in Mato Grosso

Developed by Association of the Zoró Pangyjej Indigenous People – APIZ, O Man Gap project has been developing activities that promote sustainable development and strengthen the economy in the indigenous territories of the Zoró peoples, Apiaká, Kayabi and Munduruku in Mato Grosso.

Among the project's advances, the beginning of the construction of a chestnut processing factory in the Apiaká-Kayabi Indigenous Land (TI) stands out, the structuring of the Indigenous Solidarity Revolving Fund, an Organizational Management Seminar and the collective development of business plans and visual identity for Brazil nut products produced in the territories. All of these actions are part of the Man Gap Project, of the Zoro Pangyjej Indigenous People's Association – APIZ, included in the Family Agriculture and Traditional Peoples and Communities subprogram of the REM-MT Program.

The structuring of the Indigenous Solidarity Revolving Fund It is conducted by Sitawi Finance do Bem and plays a fundamental role in strengthening the Amazon nut value chain in this project region. Once approved, the Fund will count on the initial contribution from the REM MT Program for its operation and for the first cycle of loans. The objective is to support productive organizations in communities in the long term, promoting their financial autonomy and sustainability in productive activities? especially those related to Brazil nuts.

According to Paulo Nunes, Man Gap project coordinator, “These results are the result of participatory work that seeks the social, productive, economic, organizational and environmental development of the Zoró, Apiaká, Kayabi and Munduruku Peoples. These initiatives generate work and income for the population in the communities, provide organic products derived from socio-biodiversity and high nutritional value to the population in the project region, at the same time, multiplying wealth, since the income generated circulates, creating a supportive and sustainable microeconomy in the hands of small entrepreneurs who provide services and sell goods with indigenous nut producers“.

For the implementation of Solidarity Revolving Fund, experts in the field of Sitawi Conservation and Climate Finance visited the territories to conduct participatory workshops with indigenous communities.

?Being in traditional territories is always a great learning experience. This time, it would be no different. In the field work I was able to understand and witness how IT and its ethnicities are fundamental parts for the conservation of biodiversity and knowledge, being a brake on the agricultural and agricultural frontiers of deforestation. I hope that, collectively, we will be able to promote local culture along with stimulating income generation in communities? account Ana Quelly Anacleto, Conservation and Climate Finance Analyst.

What are FRS and how are they structured?

You Solidarity Revolving Funds (FRS) They are an intelligent and creative form of collective savings, which aims to meet the specific needs of its participants, through the consensus of rules established by the members of the Funds. These funds mobilize, organize and lend resources for collective and alternative projects, such as solidarity economic enterprises, social mobilizations and training activities.

Furthermore, they are rotating, which means that resources are returned at some point. These resources circulate within the community itself and the replenishment of these funds is based on the principle of solidarity, with fair prices for the remuneration of indigenous people's work, as well as rules of reciprocity.

Second Fernando Campos, Area manager Conservation and Climate Finance by Sitawi and responsible for structuring the Indigenous Solidarity Revolving Fund, at this first stage it is important to define, in a participatory manner, the three decisive spheres within a fund: strategic, financial and governance, based on the local context in which the communities are located. This initiative goes beyond a specific project and can become a reference model for other territories and traditional communities in the Amazon.

Structuring Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity Revolving Fund in Aldeia Tatuí. Apiaka Kayabi Indigenous Land. Juara MT.

Union of efforts to achieve new results

already the UNICAFES has dedicated itself to communities through training that has been taking place since September. In November, the Organizational Management Seminar was held on the Apiaka Caiaby Indigenous Land, involving the four ethnicities of the Man Gap project. These trainings aim to develop management skills and improve the management of indigenous organizations.

Furthermore, the Project counts on consultancy from the company Socioambientalize, which has worked together with communities to develop business plans and create a visual identity for Brazil nut products, both in the new factory in TI (Indigenous Land) Apiaká -Kayabi and in the factory already installed in the Zoró Indigenous Land. The objective is to find solutions that reconcile economic success with environmental conservation and promote sustainable practices, aligning the values and purposes of indigenous peoples with the expectations of consumers and the market.

According to Mariana Dettmer, from the Socioenvironmentalize, ?It is important to develop the business plan and the visual identity of the products together with the Brazil nut producing communities based on local experiences and narratives and to develop an aligned plan for future vision, production, prices and information that guides the structuring of these processing plants, which support decision-making, taking into account local and market realities?.

With all these initiatives, we seek to contribute to the territorial development of indigenous communities, considering their cultural and traditional specificities. The involvement of different actors and the union of efforts result in significant advances in the social and economic progress of these populations, always valuing and respecting local culture and delivering quality products made with Brazil nuts from these territories.

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