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Assisted by Instituto Juruá and IDAM, associations in the Carauari region are contemplated in a public notice of the Fundo Casa Socioambiental

Oct. 1, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Associations will receive R$ 40,000 to invest in projects to improve the quality of life and work in communities of the Mid-Juruá region.

Por Bernardo Oliveira

Extracting handmade andiroba oil is not easy and takes time. The beneficiaries of Associação de Mulheres Agroextrativistas do Médio Juruá (ASMAMJ) are well aware of this. To strengthen their performance and invest in equipment, the association, which empowers women and inserts them into the oil production chain, was awarded, along with three other similar organizations, R$ 40,000 from the Fundo Casa Socioambiental. The construction of the proposals were assisted by Instituto Juruá and the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Agropecuário e Florestal Sustentável do Estado do Amazonas (IDAM).

The other association contemplated by the Fundo Casa Socioambiental with support from the Instituto Juruá was the Associação dos Produtores Agroextrativistas of the Nova Esperança Community (AANE). The members of AANE work in the production of handmade soap with essences from the Amazon Forest.

In addition to these, two other associations had their proposals approved by the notice. The Associação dos Moradores of the RDS Uacari (AMARU) and the Associação dos Moradores of the Projeto do Assentamento da Estrada do Riozinho (AMPAER). All located in the Mid-Juruá river region, in the municipality of Carauari, 788 kilometers west of Manaus.

AMARU develops the possibility of communication between isolated communities of the Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Uacari (RDS Uacari) with the installation of radio systems. AMPAER, in turn, strengthens the production of cassava flour by farmers in the region, intending to increase the income of this population and, as a consequence, their quality of life.

According to Quivilene Figueiredo da Cunha, president of ASMAMJ, in addition to investing in machinery, the organization will strengthen its work to educate on issues such as women’s rights, gender equality, and domestic violence.

The achievement will strengthen the association and will have a positive impact on the lives of the 164 members and their families. The intention is also to give women knowledge about how to manage their own businesses and, consequently, about their financial autonomy, she explains.

Instituto Juruá Advisory

The Fundo Casa Socioambiental promotes sustainability and environmental conservation by supporting proposals that work on these fronts. The four covered organizations will have 12 months to invest the total of R$160 thousand in their activities. Instituto Juruá helped in the construction of the proposals of AANE and ASMAMJ together with the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Agropecuário e Florestal Sustentável do Estado do Amazonas (IDAM), which provided technical support for the development of projects for all the associations involved.

“We work on a more formative front, offering advice to all associations. We provided assistance to those projects that had already been written by IDAM and the associations, and provided detailed feedback with all the important points of the Fundo Casa notice for those who sought us out”, says Clara Machado, communication director at the IJ.

The assistance provided to associations for the Fundo Casa Socioambiental notice bore good fruit and resulted in a communication channel through WhatsApp where public notices, courses and interesting materials are published to support the elaboration of projects.

“Our goal is for associations in the Mid-Juruá region to have autonomy to write their fundraising proposals. Instituto Juruá supports the elaboration of these proposals through the most democratic and accessible channel we have at the moment, which is WhatsApp”, adds Clara.

In addition, the consultancy also provided subsidies for the development of the Course on Project Preparation, which was taught online by Instituto Juruá in September. The course is introductory and will be expanded in the future with more online and face-to-face classes as soon as possible.

Clara emphasizes the importance of approvals, considering all the collective effort needed to write a project of this type in the region. “We were very happy to know that the proposals were considered, even with the difficulties imposed by the pandemic and by the limited access to the internet in the Mid-Juruá. Instituto Juruá will continue to support the preparation of future proposals through the communication channel that was created with this experience.”


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