Our partners select loan applications to be supported and then provide technical assistance and mentoring for those who need additional help. With this personalized approach, Colombia Project families have the opportunity to break the cycle of dependence. It is a critical niche that we fill, as loans and mentoring for these types of small business ventures are still scarce in Colombia.Given the distance and limited resources, to ensure that our involvement actually makes a difference in the lives of those we help, The Colombia Project takes a triage approach. The neediest displaced families require a significant network of government services – a ‘red de solidaridad.’ Where our donations have the greatest impact is in providing a helping hand for those individuals who are ready and able to improve their lives, people who left behind successful businesses when they fled the violence in the south of Colombia. They have the skills to be successful again. Colombia Project loans provide them needed capital.