Centre for community training, production projects and culture

Resources of the Centre for Community Training, Production Projects and Culture (CTPC)

  • Job Technical Training rooms
  • Unit of Productive Projects for Community Sustainable Development (ProUnit)
    [identification, formulation, evaluation, incubation, management, and monitoring of ComCentre‘s Community Productive Projects]
  • Technical Workshops: auto/moto/bicycle mechanics, carpentry, computer/cell phone, ecological construction, electricity and electronics, ironworks, plumbing, technical drawing, shoemaking
  • Crafts Workshops: jewellery, music and musical instruments (luthier), natural dyes, pottery, spinning and weaving, recycled paper, screen-printing (serigraphy), saddlery, textile/clothing design, tinsmith
  • Internet Plaza‘: Internet and Online learning Room
    • Free Internet for local communities.
    • Develop ICT skills for children, adolescents and adults (Internet access and training, PCs, laptops tablets and mobile phones)
    • Training applications for work, trades, education, alternative health, agroecology, renewable energies
  • Media library (books and audio-visual materials) and Digital library
  • Popularisation of Science and Technology Room
  • Cultural and Artistic Exhibition Room (and micro-cinema) [‘Artefact‘]
  • TALE Shop + TALE eshop (electronic commerce):
    • Natural medicine products
    • Organic (bio) products from the AgroEcological Farm: vegetables and legumes, medicinal plants, meat, eggs
    • Products y services of the CCPC‘s technical and crafts workshops
    • Cheese (fresh, Dutch, strand [Oaxaca-style], with herbs), yoghurt
    • Honey, wax and propolis
    • Bread, biscuits and ‘macarons
    • Handicrafts fromlocal co-operatives

Services of the Centre of Community Training, Production Projects and Culture (CTPC)

  • Job technical training, design and management oflearning experience for the communityTraining activities: technical workshops, crafts workshops, nutrition, food security; preventive health, traditional medicine, sanitation and hygiene; environment; agroecology, organic farming; renewable energies (solar, photovoltaic); ecological systems (water treatment and recycling, bio-digesters, composting latrines); rainwater recovery; electrical and green sanitation facilities in rural and marginal urban housing; use of ICT, maintenance and repair of computer equipment and networks, e-commerce; handicrafts commerce and marketing; ecological tourism; gender equality, sustainable development, participatory democracy, rights of indigenous peoples, interculturality; literacy, etc.
  • Productive Projects: identification, formulation, evaluation, incubation, management, and monitoring of ComCentre‘s Community Productive Projects
  • Products and services of CTPC‘s technical and crafts workshops
  • PCs, laptops and tablets with applications for vocational/professional training, education, alternative health, agro-ecology, renewable energies
  • Access to books, audio-visual materials (CDs, DVDs: music, videos, films, documentaries), eBooks
  • Internet Plaza‘: reduction of the digital divide and development of ICT skills in children, youth and adults: access to and training on Internet, PCs, laptops, tablets, cell phones
  • Internet Plaza‘: free Internet access for local communities
  • Internet Plaza‘: Online portal with various content of community interest (see above: ‘Design and management of learning experiences and technical training for the community’)
  • eLearning (ICT) for autonomous learning
  • Programme for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Rural Communities
  • Cultural and Artistic Exhibitions (and micro-cinema)
  • Organization, management and promotion of workshops, visits and internships regarding Bio-AgroTourism, AgroEcology, Permaculture
  • Direct and Internet sale (e-commerce) of natural medicine products, organic (bio) products from the AgroEcological Farm (EcoFarm), products and services of CTPC‘s technical and crafts workshops, and handicrafts from local co-operatives

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an engine of sustainable development and can help transform peoples’ lives. ICT is a great enabler, helping people in rural areas to communicate, facilitating productive activities and trade, and providing better access to health care, technical training and education.

Production projects and financial sustainability

ComCentre‘s Productive Projects for Community Sustainable Development will become in the short-medium term the main source of self-financing of ComCentre.

The Unit of Productive Projects for Community Sustainable Development (ProUnit) is responsible for the identification, formulation, evaluation, incubation, management, and monitoring of ComCentre’s Community Productive Projects.

ComCentre’s Community Productive Projects encompass:

  • Ecoefficient Agricultural Mini-Projects
  • Micro-Projects for Sustainable Rural Development[natural medicine products, honey and propolis, renewable energies, rainwater recovery systems and ecological sanitation installations, ICT, e-commerce, ecotourism and bio-agrotourism]

Both types of project will seek to take the highest advantage of the incentives and technical and financial resources available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), particularly those concerning production, handicrafts and ecotourism mini-projects.

During the initial stages, local communities will provide the needed labour for the implementation of ComCentre‘s Productive Projects for Community Sustainable Development. However, once the economic profitability of each project would be achieved, ComCentre’s Community Productive Projects will contribute to productivity and job creation in local communities. Additionally, the projects will promote innovative approaches in the field of alternative and solidarity economy, such as bartering of products and services (LETSystem) with producer co-operatives and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Ecoefficient Agricultural Mini-Projects are aimed at:

  • Generating more competitive agricultural value chains
  • Introducing resilient, high performance and high nutritional value crops
  • Utilizing improved seeds that stimulate the strengthening of food security
  • Increasing the micronutrient content of crops, contributing to food diversification based on a food basket approach
  • Restoring degraded land taking into account the functional properties of the soil (organic carbon), maintaining soil fertility, and protecting biodiversity

ComCentre’s Community Productive Projects, after rigorous technical, market and marketing studies, must ensure: (i) Promising, differentiated, quality products for the local, regional, national and international markets; (ii) Crops adapted to the local climate and soil type, and animal husbandry corresponding to the environment.

  • Natural medicine products
  • Production of Honey and propolis
  • Rainwater recovery systems and ecological sanitation installations
  • Products and services of CTPC‘s technical and crafts workshops
  • Cheese-making and yoghurt
  • Pelibuey sheep husbandry
  • Bamboo cultivation and processing (furniture)
  • Crops: cacao, papaya, cassava (improved varieties), cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom; improved forage (carbon storage in deep soil)
  • Jatropha (poor soils, bio-fuel production)
  • Mushrooms (shiitake)
  • Organic fertilizer production: nutri-compost and earthworm-compost
  • EcoTourism and Bio-AgroTourism (and Permaculture) [+ agroecological internships + visits to archaeological/ecological sites]
  • EcoTourism Park La Igualdad [+ agroecological internships + visits to archaeological/ecological sites] [the highest waterfall in Central America (201m) and hot springs (in Tajumulco volcano skirts -highest in Central America, 4222m)]
  • MicroProjects for Employment Generation (Programme for Labour Insertion of Youth in their Communities)