Honey from farmers in Sucre, Egan Bernal’s star sunscreen product

Honey from farmers in Sucre, Egan Bernal’s star sunscreen product
Honey from farmers in Sucre, Egan Bernal’s star sunscreen product

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Every time the 2019 Tour de France champion uses his sunscreen, he will carry on his skin the strength and struggle of a group of farmers from Chengue (Ovejas, Sucre), in the Montes de María.

Chengue honey is the product that these residents promote as an entrepreneurial venture and a sign of resilience. It is now the star ingredient of the sunscreen that Egan uses.

The feat was made possible thanks to an alliance with Been Peace, promoted by the cyclist, with support from the Victims Unit, which has advised this community, subject to collective reparation, on the undertaking.

Chengue, where the AUC massacred 28 natives on January 17, 2001 and displaced 500 more, sees this alliance as an opportunity to clear the names of the victims and ensure that they are talked about beyond the armed conflict.

“Anything that is undertaken here is to recover the good name of Chengue, and when we see a brand “Chengue,” that makes our hearts swell,” says Jairo Barreto, leader of the Association of Victims of Chengue (Asoviche), who reminds the world that Chengue was not only about the massacre.

María José Romero and María Fernanda Gutiérrez, creators of Bee Peace, saw in Asoviche the ideal allies for their sunscreen with a social impact.

This alliance will allow 25 families in Chengue to earn income and continue taking firm steps towards socioeconomic recovery.

The Victims Unit has provided training in different areas to make Miel de Chengue a viable and sustainable proposal.

 
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