Porvenir Project

The Indian community of Porvenir was founded over 100 years ago during the time of the rubber trade. During the peak of the rubber trade the region was impacted by the exploitation of the local inhabitants and uncontrolled extraction of natural resources. Later in the 1980’s by the wood logging industry and extraction of the Acai Palm for it palm hearts. After this turbulant time the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park was created to protect the forest, and around this a buffer zone of Communal Lands with an area of 300.000 ha was created and donated to the four indian communities of the Bajo Paragua: Porvenir, Florida, Piso Firme and Cachuela. These communities act as the guardians of the Natural Resources in this buffer zone.

Today the Porvenir indian community houses 130 families, with some 600 inhabitants, who are mostly engaged in subsistence agriculture, cattle raising, sustainable wood logging and since 2011 the collection and depulping of wild harvested Acai fruit for sale world wide. Besides being now the main economic activity for the community, this undertaking has prevented the reactivation of the Acai wild palmetto (heart of palm) exploitation that would mean the cutting down of the Acai trees.

Amazon Friendly has been working closely with the community of Porvenir to identify projects that will benefit the community as a whole, and contibute to its ecomomic development. The project selected in December 2012 is one that will benefit the children, youth and adults in the community. The first use of funds in Porvenir will be to create an IT Training Centre open to the entire community, which will provide computers, internet access (for the first time) and IT training to the local inhabitants.

Since Porvenir is located 674 km over dirt roads from the nearest centre, with no public transport available, currently the community does not have easy access to technology. By bringing an IT Centre into the community it is believed that the community will be provided with a powerful tool for opening up communications, providing better access to information and making better opportunities available and accessible to the inhabitants.