Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos approved the construction of a new village for the indigenous Embera Katio tribe beginning Thursday.
The newly granted township in Colombia’s northwestern department of Antioquia will host a community of about 450 people in 84 huts.
A statement from the Department for Social Prosperity (DPS), which coordinated the construction of the settlement, said it would have running water, a sewage system, health center and electricity.
The village has been named “Jaikerazabi,” which means “place where life grows with the perfume of the flowers.”
Approximately $2.5 million was invested to erect the town, raised through a collective effort from dozens of indigenous entities, government officials, several corporate foundations and the United Nations.