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Here, from my mid-April trip to the southern Colombian department of Guaviare, is a video conversation with Olga Patricia Gómez, who runs Tulasi, a small business in San José del Guaviare, the departmental capital. Tulasi buys and markets alternative, organic produce from a network of producers, most of them in and around the municipality of Miraflores.

She has a lot of proposals for how businesses like hers could attract legal income to Guaviare’s coca- and violence-ridden countryside, with just a few well-targeted investments. But as she notes, few foreign donors – including USAID – include Guaviare in their development plans.

13 Responses to ““If they’re not covering Guaviare, how can we send a proposal?””

  1. maremoto Says:

    Sure Camilla, I’m crazy… but you are shilling for somebody…you are part of the problem .. don’t act like you give a damn about Colombia because you don’t

    you’re just some scumbag to us…but hey, guess what ? you are on your way out of Washington cause November’s coming around…then maybe you’ll go back to marrying your cousin down there in Texas or some such retarded place like that which is where you’re from …

    I can feel it coming in the air tonight…hold on


  2. maremoto Says:

    what about this bounced Colombian government check ?

    that’s just a figment of my insanity ? lol

    Colombian free trade …sure lol

    you know I know who you work for…one of those pr firms the Colombian government is spending its money on…just like some others here

  3. maremoto Says:

    and the fact you wouldn’t disclose your interest in Colombia ( which I will link to every time there’s a new post) discredits your opinion

  4. maremoto Says:

    Chiquita (aka United Fruit Company), the American company, funds paramilitaries

    Carrefour, the French company, actually does something positive for Colombia…

    a study in contrasts

  5. Chris Says:


    I don’t work for a PR firm…I work for DHS and soon for USAID. If anyone is shilling for anyone else its you…

    My interest in Colombia comes by way of my Colombian wife and the time I spent there with the military.

    Who are you?

  6. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Chris after reading some nonsense in here lately I guess you are in the middle of the wrong spat :lol:

  7. Kyle Says:

    Complete off topic, but that seems to be the theme of the comments for this post. If you look at the news part, the ONDCP asks if it is fair to ask Mexico to possibly have to change part of their constitution. Although it was a different administration, NAFTA forced Mexico to change their constitution. The article regarding land ownership and reform was removed if I remember correctly. Not much of a point, but interesting anecdote in my mind.

  8. maremoto Says:

    Chris I wasn’t talking to you…I was talking to CAMILLA

    but why do you think I’m shilling for somebody ?

  9. Tambopaxi Says:


    If you’re going to work for USAID, see if you can get them to do work in Guaviare. Adam gives me the impression that the security situation has improved somewhat in that Department, and if so, then that security needs to be complemented with development. The CCAI program that Adam described in his little-remarked May 20 posting looks like an interesting place to start.

  10. Chris Says:

    I was irritated because I thought you were including me in your converstaion with Camilla…

    I really don’t think your shilling for anyone… I don’t even know you.

  11. Chris Says:


    Definately…I’ll be a strong advocate for Colombia. I just received word today that the position is mine. This is where I’ll be working at specifically —

    My title: Policy/Program Analyst

    My career until now has been SF and Intel….I really look forward to breaking into development and policy.

  12. Camilla Says:

    Kyle: The US forced Colombia to change its constitution to get its free trade pact put to a vote. Unlike NAFTA though, the Congressional Democrats decided a game of three-card monte was more their style and they went back on their pledged word to hold a vote if the Colombian constitution was changed. Nice people.

    But rest assured, they feel virtuous and righteous.

  13. William Says:

    I am working with a group right now to organize a loophole for USAID funding for Guaviare. Development there is going to happen and there is a group of people who are going to be engaged in facilitating that development and the arrival of significant funding for the region in the very near future. Although I have no idea how to make it happen via this site, I would be interested to share details in a different venue.

    The security situation has changed somewhat in SJG, but you do not have to move too far outside of the pueblo before it becomes decidedly more dicey. Although, having spent a lot of time in SJG, I do agree that the Embassy’s security assessment of the region is exaggerated for the worse, I don’t think – especially in terms of the entire department – that the security situation there should be taken too lightly.

    Maremoto, your commentaries seem to emerge more from an agenda-driven politically-edged cynicism than they do from any real familiarity with the region and its problems. There isn’t a Carrefour within 10 hours by land from San Jose, and if they’ve got an aid program that reaches out that far I’ve never heard of its nor seen its imprimatur on any lives there. Colombia is a large country and just as many of its problems are regional, so must be many of the solutions.

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