My name is Marcela Muñoz, and I'm from Bogota, Colombia. I've had the privilidge of living in different countries since I was born. I lived the first years of my life in Guatemala and my childhood years in Honduras. By the age of 11, I returned to Colombia, and I focused on my education. I've always loved learning, specially on subjects such as Philosophy and Politics. In high school, I worked on a monograph based on the Subsaharan armed conflict and poverty. This paper made me realize that I had an unyielding passion towards topics that involved food security and development issues.
When I graduated high school, I began studying "Government and International Affairs" in the University of "Externado de Colombia". Later, I became a volunteer for an NGO named "Un Techo Para Mi País". I began working on a vulnerable community named "Mochuelo Bajo". This is where I first understood what extreme poverty was. The impact of working at Un Techo was very big in my life. I had the opportunity to apply the knowledge I was learning in the university in practical solutions for the community. I could see the problem of food sovereignty in the community, and together with the rest of the team of Un Techo in Mochuelo, we began to think on innovative solutions for this problem.
After a few nutrition evaluations, we could see that the children of Mochuelo were severely malnourished. This made us work faster on the development of a sustainable project. On October 2010, I was invited to participate in the Latin american encounter of Un Techo Para Mi País, were several volunteers from different countries of Latin America gathered together in Santiago de Chile to discuss extremely important issues concerning poverty in our region.
On February 2011, I was invited to the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), were I had the privilege to work with a group of wonderful people from all over the world on topics related to Health and Food.
During the last semester, I worked on the publication of an article about Fair Trade in Latin America amongst an investigating professor in the University.
All of these experiences and people from Mochuelo and the world have helped build the project we our now currently working on.