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Trabajadores Unidos por la Tierra

Trabajadoras Unidas por la Tierra is a rural social organization of the Popular Economy, member of the rural branch of the UTEP, with a presence in different localities of the departments Santa Maria and Calamuchita.
It began to take shape in 2016, based on concrete experiences in community vegetable gardens, henhouses and chicken farms in the towns of Los Molinos, Villa San Isidro and José de la Quintana (provincial route E56, approximately 60 kilometers from the provincial capital city).
It began to take shape in 2016, based on concrete experiences in community vegetable gardens, henhouses and chicken farms in the towns of Los Molinos, Villa San Isidro and José de la Quintana (provincial route E56, approximately 60 kilometers from the provincial capital city).

Currently, the organization is composed of 225 families distributed in 42 units from the towns of José de la Quintana, Villa San Isidro, Los Molinos, Despeñaderos, San Agustín and Monte Ralo. The main focus is on food sovereignty and agro-ecological production of vegetables, eggs and meat. Work in these spaces is organized in a self-managed and cooperative manner, without bosses, with roles based on rotating coordination of tasks, administration of funds, etc.

Most of the productive units operate in small lots that the families who are members of the organization have put at the service of collective work, or in various "idle" fields (railroad, vacant land, etc.) that were recovered and brought into production. In addition, since mid-2018, the organization accessed (with permission from the AABE) the site of the former 141st Artillery Group of the Army, which functioned as a clandestine detention center during the 1970s. It was renamed Refugio Libertad (Freedom Shelter) by the organization and it now houses 8 productive units (poultry, beef, pork, beekeeping, horticulture, worm compost and fruit). It is also home to the training workshops and the organization's assemblies, and a cultural and recreational space is also being set up. Furthermore, there is a site for the reconstruction of historical memory, which seeks to regenerate a place that was in the service of a project of death, into one in service of reproduction and care of community life.

Among the aims and guidelines of the organization are

  • Agro-ecological food production, seeking not only the food security of local communities but also sources of decent work for families.
  • Supplying the city's soup kitchens, and also seeking a change in the food culture in our country (the organization's henhouses and chicken farms provide food to a network of soup kitchens in the city of Cordoba).
  • Care of the land, the rivers and the native mountain, defense of the rural ways of life and of villages.
  • Recovery of historical memory.
  • Gender equity.
  • Community Building.

Currently, 23 women from San Agustín and Despeñaderos, who are part of the organization and support their household, have been directly affected by the suspension of the Por Mi Program, and need a prompt and concrete response to the absence of this monetary income in their household.

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