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ANEI are an organisation of 600 families belonging to 4 indigenous native communities in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía del Perijá.
The organisation was founded in 1995 by Aurora Izquierdo, the first Arhuaca native woman from the community of Yewrwa to study in Bogotá, to help develop the economy and living conditions of native and farmer communities in the region. Aurora Izquierdo is a leader in the Arhuaca community. She uses coffee to promote the cultural native communities living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Serranía del Perijá, improving quality of life and sustainability.
ANEI produces organic coffee “within a context of harmony and respect for mother earth”. The association member community reclaims social, economic, and cultural rights through eco-sustainable programs and coffee production projects, which helps promote local communities’ food security
The ANEI association has created several initiatives that support the native communities of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía del Perijá in a multidimensional and considered approach. Sacred Sierra is a 10-year program that contributes to the conservation and sustainability of water sources, forests and sacred places in the area, protecting natural resources and demonstrating ecological alternatives to industrialised societies. The Weaver Women’s initiative addresses gender equality and food sovereignty, improving local families’ infrastructure and quality of life. The Young Seeders program seeks to engage with young people in the community, linking them with the organisational processes and empowering them through agriculture.