“Queen Letizia’s Cultural Keepsake: The Indigenous-Inspired Gift from Cali”

By: MRT Desk

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Queen Letizia Completes Cooperation Trip in Colombia

Queen Letizia has completed her eighth cooperation trip through Colombia, in which she has traveled through Cartagena de Indias and Cali, learning on the ground about the work that Spain is carrying out to eradicate poverty in some areas of those cities.

It has been an unforgettable and intense trip and Don Felipe’s wife takes forever with her a handmade gift that a group of indigenous women gave her.

Exploring Colombian Initiatives

After visiting a coffee plantation, where we saw her prepare and taste a cup of this drink, the Queen, together with the Spanish delegation, visited the garden workshop school in Cali to learn more about the productive initiatives of women supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation through different projects in which Colombian governments and local administrations, the private sector, cooperatives, organizations of indigenous peoples and Spanish NGOs participate.

When the procession arrived, a group of indigenous women held a brief prayer to give thanks to nature, a semicircle ceremony joined by Doña Letizia, the vice minister of Regional Development and Heritage of Colombia, Adriana Molano; the ambassador of Spain in Colombia, Joaquín María de Arístegui; the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Pilar Cancela, and the director of cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean, Laura Oroz.

Next, Don Felipe’s wife toured different exhibitors where she saw the different cooperation projects. Once the ceremony ended, one of the participants placed a handmade bracelet made in bright colors on the Queen’s left hand.

Focusing on Women’s Projects

From there, Princess Leonor’s mother moved to the Santa Elena neighborhood where she learned about women’s projects financed by the BBVA Microfinance Foundation (Bancamía) consisting of the management of street stalls. The queen spoke with entrepreneurs, micro-entrepreneurs and employees to learn more about the local products they sold.

In addition to giving them a livelihood, this initiative aims to close gender gaps and provide women with financial education so that they have autonomy and thus eradicate poverty. After this act, Doña Letizia returned to Spain.

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