About Picaflor

We empower women from remote areas of Colombia by providing them with job opportunities and access to training and skill development by training them to produce handmade jewellery using sustainable materials and by helping them to understand and actively participate in biodiversity conservation. The project is called Women for Conservation and we trade under the name Picaflor, which is the commonly used name for Hummingbird in Colombia. Women for Conservation began in 2008 as an initiative of a conservation organisation, it was born from our understanding that for conservation to work efficiently, the communities around nature reserves needed a sustainable source of income instead of destroying wild life and their habitats. We are committed to helping families from remote areas of Colombia to be good stewards of their environment, especially for globally significant biodiversity reserves threatened by illegal extraction of natural resources or forest cutting, while creating jobs and alleviating poverty for local families by providing the women with job opportunities and access to training and skill development, and by helping them to understand and actively participate in conservation. To find out more about our beautiful women click on this link.. http://www.picaflorcollection.com/about/artisans/ We have seen the fantastic results of involving the women at the grassroots level in the conservation of threatened species of wildlife. Women are vital to the success of any conservation project: they have the power to educate their children and the entire family to be stewards of the earth. We want to bring to the world a different perspective on women and their major role in protecting the natural resources. They are a catalyst for change. The root of poverty in rural areas around nature reserves is the lack of work opportunities for women. Many families are unable to support their children’s education causing a continuation of the poverty circle. The project provides training to women in various skills such as jewellery making, recycled hand-made paper, leather goods, candle making and soaps. Alongside this, we teach them basic business and book keeping skills, encourage them to feel valued and we take medical campaigns to their villages. Most of them have only been able to study up to second or third year of primary school but some of them are now enrolled in night school. The project has also provided medical campaigns with the provision of vitamin supplements where required and Christmas celebrations with gifts for their members and children. We are proud to be a BAFTS member! For more information on the great work of BAFTS click on the following link. www.bafts.org.uk

We are proud to be members of BAFTS

We are proud to be members of BAFTS

An illegally hunted and killed Jaguar paw proudly displayed! We are trying to stop this! Picaflor Collection and Wildlife Friendly!

An illegally hunted and killed Jaguar paw proudly displayed! We are trying to stop this! Picaflor Collection and Wildlife Friendly!

The Women for Conservation group measuring Tagua palms. Picaflor Collection By Women for Conservation.

The Women for Conservation group measuring Tagua palms. Picaflor Collection By Women for Conservation.