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Colombia is the largest producer of mild coffee and one of the few countries that produces fine cocoa worldwide. The Esmeralda Reservoir located in the Tenza Valley is surrounded by optimal areas for coffee and cocoa crops that historically have not been used properly, and whose potential had been unrealized.
The road infrastructure surrounding La Esmeralda reservoir is in poor condition due to lack of maintenance by local and national authorities. As a result, people have difficulties to access health services, education and even for the commercialization of agricultural products.
AES Colombia supports the maintenance of roads and bridges through a joint effort with local municipalities and leaders in the communities, improving mobility and the quality of life of all inhabitants surrounding the reservoir.
AES Colombia offers a free transportation service through the reservoir with three boats and 21 ports available throughout the year, a loading plank and a ferry for the passage of vehicles. This initiative was created as a solution for the municipalities that were divided by the construction of La Esmeralda reservoir in the 80s.
In order to strengthen their businesses and improve their income, AES Colombia started an initiative with restaurant entrepreneurs in Santa Maria to help them improving their food quality and service.
During 2019, 13 restaurant cooks and owners had the opportunity to learn "haute cuisine" techniques thanks to the teaching of the renowned chef Melanie Amaya, contestant on the show Master Chef Colombia 2015. Melanie visited the seven most representative establishments of the municipality over the course of six months.