Our mission and engagements
Who are we?
Solidaile’s aim is to support, guide, participate in and develop projects abroad that are carried out by local leaders. Our projects prioritise helping at-risk children and teenagers living in difficult conditions. Solidaile focuses on activities that will bring long-lasting results, and where local leaders have the opportunity to become autonomous in guiding the projects.
Solidaile engages itself:
- to meet the local leaders in their own locality, studying potential means and solutions, before supporting local projects
- to be advised by reliable, skilled local people in making important project decisions and financial choices
- to pay all expenses directly, thereby ensuring that financial support goes where it is intended
- to respect the environment
- to provide regular information regarding its activities and finances through posting on its web site
- to manage its expenses efficiently and to keep overhead costs a low percentage of its overall budget
Pomology (Agouti, Morocco)
The project is based in Agouti, a small Berber village at the entrance to the valley of Ait Bouguemmaz. A number of local people have planted apple trees. Our aim is to bring technical aid which will allow them to exchange and share production techniques and increase the yield of their land.
Launch: March 2012, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: direct: 55, indirect: 300.
Coffee Plantations (San Miguel, Peru)
The project is based in the Andean foothills at the heart of the native Ashankinka community. This indigenous people who continue to follow a traditional way of life are very anxious to respect their natural resources as well as conserve their Ashaninka traditions. The aims of the project are to finance a programme of training lasting 8 months and run by an expert agronomist specialising in coffee production. It would also finance soil analyses to determine the type of fertilizer required and suitable coffee varieties and finance a project of organic fertilization.
Launch: June 2011, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: direct: 15, indirect: 100.
Coffee Plantations (Pucusani, Peru)
The project is based in the Andean foothills in the heart of the Union Pucusani community. The aims of the project are to finance the purchase of organic manure in order to increase the yield and quality of the soil culture and to pay the transport and wages of the seasonal workers during harvest time.
Launch: January 2011, duration: 2 years, beneficiaries: direct: 15, indirect:100.
Nueva Elda Local Cooperative – (Area of Pasco, Peru)
The project is located within a native community Yaneshas called “Nueva Aldea” that is situated in the High Amazonia at an altitude of 300m. The objective is to develop the forest resources in a durable way. To achieve this goal, some parts are left in a virgin state and others are used either for the exploitation of forest resources (copaiba, uña of gato), or for a durable exploitation of the wood (exploitation over a 20 years cycle allowing the forest to regenerate itself).
Launch: 2010, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: direct: 20, indirect: 100.
Pucharini Local Cooperative – (La Merced, Peru)
The project is close to the Amazonia within a native community Ashaninkas called “Pucharini”, at an altitude of 700m. The objectives of the project are to finance the beginning of an ecological production of oil of Sacha Inchi (almond used traditionally for its nutritional and cosmetic benefits (very strong concentration in omega 3) and to include the indigenous populations in the development of a market resulting from their traditional knowledge while in the same time respecting their manner of living and nature.
Launch: August 2007, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: direct: 15, indirect: 200.
Kuyanakuy Local Cooperative – (Lima, Peru)
In one of the most difficult districts of Lima, Kuyanakuy is the name given to the group of women (originating from Ayacucho and persecuted by the Luminous Path in the Eighties) dedicated to the production of tapestries. The objectives of the project are to acquire specialized equipment in order to increase the production, to devote time to research and innovation and to become a service provider during periods of small orders.
Launch: August 2007, duration: 2 years, beneficiaries: direct: 25, indirect: 120.
Awaq Kuna Local Cooperative – (Lima, Peru)
Awaq Kuna means a weaver in Quechua. This group of craftsmen is specialized in the tapestries of the style of San Pedro de Cajas as well as the leather accessories. The objectives of the project are to buy wool (white and black) being used for the design of the tapestries in large quantity in order to profit from more competitive prices.
Launch: February 2008, duration: 2 years, beneficiaries: direct: 25, indirect: 120.
Casa Betania Local Cooperative – (Lima, Peru)
Formed in 1990, the local cooperative Casa Betania is made of women living in situation of extreme poverty in Lima and who organized workshop of embroidery themselves. Since 1995, they widened their craft industry with the leather accessories. The objectives of the project are to improve the productivity thanks to new machines and the purchase of raw materials in large quantity.
Launch: August 2008, duration: 18 months, beneficiaries: direct: 25, indirect: 120.
The Local Cooperative Tawaq (Lima, Peru)
Tawaq is a group of 25 young craftsmen who were forced to leave their home village of Quinua, in the Quinua region of Ayacucho during the worst years of violence of the ‘Shining Path’. Most of them produce ceramic objects whose style is unique to Quinua. Only 4 workshops concentrate on producing reredos. The aim of the project is to equip and train the craftsmen, helping them to improve their drawings and presentation of their products.
Launch: August 2008, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: direct: 25, indirect: 120.
Tika Rumi Local Cooperative – (Villa El Salvador, Peru)
In Quechua, Tika Rumi means flower Stone. This group of craftsmen located in the southern area of Lima is specialized in the jewellery using combined metals with semi-precious stones, ceramics and the sculpture. The objective of the project is to start a new workshop of jewellery in order to improve the productivity and to allow each craftsman to improve the equipment of its own workshop.
Launch: August 2008, duration: 1 year, beneficiaries: direct: 25, indirect: 120.
With the shop Casa del Corregidor – (Puno, Peru)
Casa del Corregidor is a typical colonial house of the centre of Puno (close to the Titicaca lake). It is opened since January 2006 and is used as a place of exposure and sale of craft industry with an offer of more than 700 products coming straight from the producers. The objective of the project is to set up promotion campaigns of the shop.
Launch: December 2008, duration : 2 years.
Pukullawa Local Cooperative – (Huancavelica, Peru)
Located in the Cordillera of Andes at 3650m of altitude, “Pukullawa” wants to help children and teenagers who are living in very difficult conditions by organizing educational and social activities in spite of the limited resources they have. They are willing to invest in micro projects in order to obtain better conditions in the future. One of these projects is the construction of a building dedicated to the breeding of guinea-pigs and chickens whose benefits are allocated to their own consumption and as an additional source of income.
Launch: February 2007, duration: 3 years, beneficiaries: direct: 10, indirect: 25.
Retama Local Cooperative – (Ayacucho, Peru)
Project: located in the Andes Cordillera, Retama’s local cooperative aims to develop a flourishing guinea pig breeding programme. (guinea pigs are a common source of meat in Peru. The meat is known and sought after for its low cholesterol content). The main objectives of the programme are to ensure optimal grazing conditions for the guinea pigs in order to maximise efficiently the level of meat production.
Launch: end of 2009, duration: 5 years, direct beneficiaries: 8, indirect beneficiaries: 50.
Ally Ruray Local Cooperative – (Pira, Peru)
The local cooperative Ally Ruray is in the Cordillera of Andes in the province of Huaraz. The goal of this project is to start a workshop of carpentry in order to develop a production (tables, chairs, doors, windows, etc.) that would supply the needs of this area. We are strongly convinced by the quality of this project. The local actors have not only real competences in the field of carpentry but also a solid management experience in economic projects. Launch: February 2008, duration: 7 years, beneficiaries: direct: 20, indirect: 180.
Another way to travel
The regions where the projects of Solidaile are located are of special value from a human, cultural and geographical perspective. This may be of particular interest to tourists and travel agencies with a social interest focus. The aim of this approach is to discover an itinerary that differs from the traditional tourist itineraries, experience a greater proximity to the local populations and have an opportunity to better discover their lifestyle and culture.
The Cielo Azul Agency (Huancavelica, Peru)
Situated in the Andes Cordillera at an altitude of 3650 meters and linked to the Local Cooperative of Pukullawa which helps children and adolescents alike from underprivileged backgrounds, the Cielo Azul Agency wishes to become a major player in the area proposing a range of activities that would make the most of both the landscape and rich cultural heritage of this beautiful region.
Launch: 2007, duration: 10 years, beneficiaries: direct: 25, indirect: 100.
Eco Camping CaralTambo (Caral, Peru)
The archaeological remains of Caral are now considered the oldest in America. To date more than 30,000 people visit the site each year and the facilities to receive such numbers are inadequate. The number of visitors is on the increase due to a growing interest in the historical richness of the area. CaralTambo has therefore decided to build a traditional style ‘gite’. The idea is to also promote alternative tourism and activities that are in keeping with this. The desire to involve the local population in this activity will also provide the opportunity and means for them to develop and improve their living conditions.
Launch: 2009, duration: 7 years, beneficiaries: direct: 20, indirect: 100.
The Ecomundo Agency (San Miguel, Peru)
Those who run this agency are all from an Ashaninka community and offer remarkable alternative tourist trails. They show a real desire to open up and allow tourists to discover the geographical riches of their region and also discover their culture and way of life. Solidaile has tried and tested the trails on a number of occasions and they have all passed and been approved!
If you are thinking about travelling in a different way,we suggest you consult the following internet travel agency sites which provide alternative tourist trails:
- visit the Peruvian website of the agency Pachamama
Working with the Ashaninkas (Kimiriki, Peru)
Since 2007 Solidaile has forged strong links with the Ashaninka communities (second largest group of Indians in the Peruvian Amazon) by working closely with them on a number of different projects. These collaborations were motivated and inspired by the responsible and considerate nature of the local people and the remarkable cultural values by which they live in harmony with nature. In 2012 we decided to help them in a new project: the building of a new healthcare centre that would allow traditional practitioners to use their knowledge and develop their skills in an appropriate place whilst at the same time offering the local population better access to care in their area.
The aims of the project are:
- to acquire a plot of land and build a centre that would include 4 treatment rooms
- to cultivate and conserve the plants needed for the kind of care practised
- to equip 4 consulting rooms that would allow the traditional practitioners to practise and share their knowledge and skills amongst themselves
- to pass on simple western medical knowledge to those traditional practitioners who wish to learn
Launch: 2013, duration: 5 years (minimum), beneficiaries: direct: 12, indirect: 100.
Building of windmills
The Building of traditional Windmills (Gasse Doro, Senegal)
The project is based in a village of 300 inhabitants which was identified as having a need for an energy supply. We were able to respond to their request for help thanks to one of the Solidaile team who has experience in this type of construction. The realisation of this project will mean that the needs of the local people will be met by improving their living conditions (protection against certain dangerous insects such as the scorpion, the mechanisation of drawing water from wells etc.) On the economic level it will allow the local people to develop methods of cultivation and indeed develop new projects.
The aims of the project are:
- to train volunteers in France in the building of traditional windmills who will then be able to pass on their knowledge to the local people
- to train a team on site in all aspects of maintenance for the windmills
- to support the local people at the start of the project in the organisation and management of this new activity
Launch: November 2013, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: 300.
Pukullawa Local Cooperative – (Huancavelica, Peru)
It is with the local cooperative Pukullawa in Huancavelica (in the poorest province of Peru) in the Cordillera of Andes at 3650m of altitude that we began our first collaboration. Despite their lack of resources, one of their main projects is to help deprived children and teenagers by organizing educational activities.
Our actions consist of:
- giving the means of arranging and equipping classrooms in order to make possible the educational activities organized in favour of the children and teenagers;
- financing a school library;
- being involved in the remuneration of professors.
The results of the projects are very encouraging as for the organization and the realization of the educational activities. Pukullawa offers the children and teenagers a better future thanks to the competences, the implication and the motivation of the responsible team.
Launch: November 2006, duration: 10 years, beneficiaries: 100.
With the Local Cooperatives Awaq Kuna, Tawaq, Casa Betania, Ichimay Wari, Tika Rumi in Peru:
Solidaile supports educational projects with specific actions in favour of these local cooperatives with which collaborations for micro projects have already started in the field of the craft industry. That results in the purchase of tables and chairs, installation of classes in the school of the district etc.
Ally Ruray Local Cooperative – (Pira, Peru)
The local cooperative Ally Ruray, located in the Cordillera of Andes in the province of Huaraz, started a workshop of carpentry in order to develop their own production (tables, chairs, doors, windows…) with the support of Solidaile association. Among its objectives, it envisaged:
- to ensure a training for the young adults;
- to write work guides to develop methodology;
- to exchange its experiences with other communities;
- to give the taste to the young adults to undertake new challenges in the future.
Launch: June 2008, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: direct: 60, indirect: 200.
Ichimay Wari Local Cooperative – (Lurín, Peru)
“Ichimay Wari” is the original name of the indigenous God (stimulating of the ground) of the valley of Lurín located 40kms south of Lima. The craftsmen of this local cooperative are specialized in ceramics, textile and retables. Each one has a family workshop and profits from the marketing of its products thanks to the successful association of the group “Ichimay Wari” with the CIAP (www.ciap.org). The objective of the project is to ensure an appropriate training to improve not only the quality but also the capacities of the production.
Launch: August 2008, duration: 18 months, beneficiaries: direct: 19, indirect: 150.
Kuyanakuy Local Cooperative – (Lima, Peru)
In one of the most difficult districts of Lima, “Kuyanakuy” is the name given to the group of women (women originating from Ayacucho that were persecuted by the Luminous Path in the Eighties) dedicated to the production of tapestries. The goal is to train the young adults originating from the families of these women:
- to develop their technical capabilities and of organization;
- to ensure an additional resource of income within their families;
- to support the transmission of the knowledge and competences of their own handcraft;
- to stimulate the innovation of new models of products;
- to contribute to the improvement of employment thanks to the project;
- to develop a new strategy of prevention against the juvenile delinquency.
Launch: at the end of 2008, duration: 5 years, beneficiaries: direct: 80, indirect: 150.
Tawaq Local Cooperative – (Lima, Peru)
“Tawaq” is an association in Lima composed of young craftsmen originating from Quinua. There are 24 family workshops that mainly carry out ceramics products whose style is exclusively that of the area of Quinua. Only 4 workshops are dedicated to the production of retables. The objective of the project is to ensure proper training to improve the drawings and the presentation of the products.
Launch: August 2008, duration: 2 years, beneficiaries: direct: 31, indirect: 140.
Please note: Solidaile is a French organisation governed by French law. The information below is an approximate translation of the French language version of the statutes. It is provided as a convenience. For specific questions, however, please refer to the official legal version in French. Thank you.
Article 1: Denomination
The denomination is: Solidaile, ruled under the 1st of July 1901 law and 16th August 1901 decree.
The aim of the association is to support, accompany, participate in and develop projects abroad that are driven by local players. These help projects will as a priority be targeted towards children and teenagers in a very precarious and difficult social situation. Solidaile gives greater importance to actions that ensure the durability of the projects supported and that local players become autonomous, in order to enable local structures to take over their own long-lasting development. The association is apolitical and areligious.
Art. 3: Headquarters
Its head office is located at 16, rue Singer, 75016 Paris – FRANCE. The Board of Directors can choose the building where the head office is located and has the right to transfer it within the same city by simple decision.
Art. 4: Means and activities
- The activities of the association include, among others:
- The support (including financial) of local initiatives linked to the education, socialisation, vocational training, social integration of children, teenagers in great precarious situation;
- The support with the set-up and development of welcoming structures for foreign volunteers and solidarity tourists;
- The contribution to the professionalisation of local players through the transfer of competence (language or computer training) and the follow-up of financed projects;
- The financial support of local projects, also through movable and/or real estate acquisitions;
- The direct participation of the members of the association in certain steps of supported local projects;
- The support of and contribution to the development of synergies, partnerships with other local or international associations
Art. 6: Territory
The target area of the association is South America. Over the long term, this zone may be extended to other continents.
Art. 7: Composition and Contributions
The association consists of:
- 1) active members: Will be considered as such those who will have paid a yearly contribution of 30 euros, except as modified by decision of the general meeting;
- 2) members of honour: These are people elected by the Directors as having significantly contributed to the advancement of Solidaile as an organisation. Their number is not limited and they are not required to make a financial contribution.
- 3) benefactors: These are people who have contributed financially (or in kind) to the association.
Art. 8: Conditions of Membership
Membership requests should be made in writing, signed by the applicant and accepted by the Board of Directors which, in case of refusal, does not need to provide a reason. The patrimony of the association will alone be answerable for the commitments made on its behalf, and none of the associates or board members could be made liable.
Art. 9: Resources
The resources of the associations consist of:
- 1) Contributions from its members
- 2) Subsidies that may be granted by the State of the public communities
- 3) The value of its property
- 4) Amounts received for the service provided by the association
- 5) Any other resources authorised by legislative and statutory texts
Art. 10: Reserve fund
The reserve fund consists of:
- 1) The funds providing from the redemption of contributions
- 2) The real property necessary to the running of the association
- 3) The funds providing from savings made on the annual budget
Art. 11: Resignation – Dismissal
The position as a member may be lost:
- By decision of the President of the association
- As a result of the non-payment of the previous year’s contribution
- Through dismissal by the Board of Directors for non-respect of the aims as defined by Art. 2 of the present status or for serious reasons
Art. 12: Administration
The association is administered by a board that consists of maximum number of 7 members elected by secret vote by the general meeting for a period of 3 years, chosen within the active members, and re-eligible at the end of their mandate. The board elects amongst its members, by secret vote, a committee consisting of a President, 2 Vice-Presidents, one Treasurer and one Secretary. The committee is elected for a period of 3 years.
Art. 13: Board meeting
The Board of Directors meets at least once every half-year on invitation of the President or on written request of one quarter of its members. The presence of one third of the members of the Board of Directors is necessary for the validity of the deliberations. Every member of the Board of Directors can give authorization in writing to another administrator, who can benefit from only one authorization per meeting. The decisions are taken by absolute majority; In the event of a tie in the voting, the President has a casting vote. Minutes of meeting are taken. The minutes are signed by the President and the Secretary; they are written in a highly-rated and initialed register and kept in the head office of the association.
Art. 14: Gratuitousness of the mandate
The members of the Board of Directors are not entitled to any remuneration on account of the functions allocated to them. However, on presentation of evidences, they may obtain the refund of expenses incurred on account of the needs of the association, after agreement of the President and the Treasurer. This must be stated in the report submitted to the Board.
Art. 15: Power of the Board
The Board of Directors has the most extensive powers to authorise all actions that are not under the sole responsibility of the general meeting , including the modification of the status. It oversees the management of the committee members and is entitled to ask for a report on their actions. It authorises all purchases, alienations or rentings, borrowings and loans that are necessary to the running of the association, with or without mortgage. It authorises every transaction, every release of mortgage, with or without contesting of payment. This enumeration is not restrictive. It can make all delegation of powers for a specific matter and a limited time.
Art. 16: Roles of the members of the committee
President – The President calls the general meetings and the Board of Directors meetings. He represents the association in all the acts of civil life and has all powers to that effect. He can delegate some of his functions in the conditions specified by the rules and regulations. He is notably empowered to go to court in the name of the association, for a claim as well as for the defence. In the event of his absence or due to illness, he is replaced by the Vice-Presidents designated by the committee, and should the Vice-Presidents be prevented from replacing him, by any other administrator designated by the committee.
Secretary – The Secretary is responsible for everything in relation to correspondence and records. He writes the minutes of proceedings and ensures their recording in the books. He is in charge of the special register, as provided by law, and ensures that the prescribed formal procedures are carried out.
Treasurer – The treasurer is responsible for everything in relation to the private assets management of the association. He makes all payments and collects all earnings under the supervision of the President. The purchasing and selling of securities that constitute the reserve funds are made with the authorisation of the Board of Directors. He keeps the books, in a regular manner, on a daily basis, on all the operations and is answerable to the annual meeting, which rules on the management. However, all expenses in excess of 300.00 Euro must be ordered by the President or, failing that, should he be prevented from doing so, by any other member of the committee. He reports on his mandate to the general meetings in the conditions as stated by the rules and regulations.
Art. 17: Correspondence vote for the general meetings
Exceptionally the Board of Directors may decide to vote in writing: The text with the proposed resolutions will be addressed to all the members with statement of the time allowed to make their vote known. The votes will be opened in the presence of the members of the committee and the results announced by the President. Minutes of all the actions will be taken.
Art. 18: Ordinary General Meetings
The General Meeting of the association is composed of the active members. The meeting is held at least once a year and each time it is called by the Board of Directors or on request of at least a quarter of its members. Each partner may be represented at the General Meeting by a spouse or other member who was given the power in writing. The agenda is set by the Board of Directors. The meetingÕs committee is the same as the BoardÕs. It listens to the reports on the management of the Board of Directors and on the financial and moral situation of the association. It can name any auditor and request him to write a report on the management of the accounts. It certifies the accounts of the financial year, decides on the budget of the following financial year and provides, if necessary, for the replacement of the Board of DirectorsÕ members; it authorises the joining to a union or a federation. It gives the Board of Directors or certain Committee members full permission to carry out operations that meet the aims of the association and for which the statutory powers are sufficient. Furthermore, it deliberates over any issue that is on the agenda, on written request of a member of the association sent to the secretary at least ten days before the meeting. The notifications to attend are sent at least fifteen days in advance and state the agenda. All the deliberations of the general annual meeting are made by a show of hands at the absolute majority of the members who are present. A secret vote can be made on request of the Board of Directors, or of a quarter of the members who are present.
Art. 19: Extraordinary General Meetings
The General Meeting is extraordinary when it has to decide on the dissolution of the association and the allocation of its property or the merge with any other association that has the same object. Such a meeting must consist of at least one quarter of its active members. Decisions will be taken upon majority of the three quarters of the votes of the members who are present. The members who cannot attend can be represented by their spouse or another member of the association if empowered in writing. If the quorum is not reached during the meeting, on first notification to attend, the meeting will be called again after fifteen days and it will, on this second notification to attend, be able to deliberate legitimately, whatever the number of members who attend.
Art. 20: Organisation Minutes
The minutes of the proceedings of the meetings are written by the Secretary in a register signed by the President and one of the members of the Committee who was present at the meeting. The minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors are written by the Secretary in a register and signed by the Secretary and the President. The Secretary can issue any authenticated copies that are valid towards third parties.
Art. 21: Break-up
The breaking-up of the association can be pronounced only by the General Meeting, that is called especially to this effect and meets the conditions of quorum and of majority as specified for the Extraordinary Meetings. The General Meeting names one or more commissioners who are in charge of the liquidation of the property of the association, which powers it will end. It assigns the net assets to any association that declared having a similar aim or to any public or private state-approved establishment of its choice.
Art. 22: Articles
The Board of Directors can, if judged necessary, write the text of an article, which will determine the enforcement particulars of the present status. These rules and regulations, as well as their possible modifications, will be subject to the approval of the General Meeting,.
Art. 23: Formalities
The President, in the name of the Board of Directors, is in charge of all the formalities of declaration and publication as prescribed by the laws in force. All powers are given to the holder of these to carry out the formalities.