The sustainability mapping is the foundation stone and guide that allows us to implement the various stages of the “Welcome to my village” programme and one of its most important ones, the selection of the entrepreneurs and their families in accordance with the business opportunities and social profile of the village. The mapping has resulted in the publication of a valuable book that was completed after several months of dedicated work. The book does not claim to be “politically correct”, but provides an accurate reflection all the information that was gathered from listening to the interviewees, it also gives us a variety of tools useful to guide the community towards a sustainable growth.
The mapping was organised by the NGO RESPONDE, the ES VICIS Foundation’s key partner for the selection of villages. The mapping includes research on Colonia Belgrano’s history, the Swiss roots of its inhabitants and ancestors. The book was handed to the Swiss ambassador to Argentina, Mr Hans-Peter Mock and the Communal President, Mr Javier Bosio.
The research results have given us a detailed social and economic profile of Colonia Belgrano allowing us to identify its development potential. This study that took more than four months to complete, comprised three crucial stages: a) Preliminary research; b) Field work; and c) Information analysis. During stage b), Field work, a representative sample of the population was taken and a survey covering 10% of all households; information on 100% of the economic activities was collected; visits and interviews of the 13 institutions in the village and with five key informants were organised and 3 special meetings with the community at large, the local entrepreneurs and the youth group.
The analysis of results was divided under seven chapters covering the following areas: 1) Geographical location on different scales; 2) Population groups indicating their historical characterization and description of their present status; 3) Institutional and the role taken on by each institution; 4) Economical; 5) Environmental; 6) Surroundings, link with neighbouring city; 7) and a SWOT with initial findings. The village residents can currently consult this information and data at the village’s library.