By Ileana Leyba de Villegas - Executive Director, Junior Achievement Venezuela
Ladies attending a cost calculation class
Sixteen women entrepreneur from different surroundings of the Municipality of Chacao (Caracas, Venezuela) represented the first cohort of low income women participating in the "Women Entrepreneur Committee Program". They have received financial tools and entrepreneurship preparation ended last December 4th and received their certification at a publlic event celebrated with the presence of the Major of the mentioned Municipality of Chacao.
During the event, these women exposed their learnings and how the tools and knowledge provided helped them to identify their abilities and strengths and how to put into work their experiences and capacities in order to initiatite production teams in different areas within the culinary and artisan businesses. During that last class session these ladies presented their produces, invited their classmates to a tasting, presented their production and sales costs and a business plan to continue upon with a new income to sustain their lives. From this experience, 5 start ups were presented and some of them have already sold their produces at Christmas Fairs along the month.
This first cohort proves that there is long way to go to achieve our 800 women objective, that will surely be reached if contributors observe results and the way their funds are invested to improve other people quality of live. As we mentioned in our proposal, in Latinamerica 38% of households are women, who strive on a daily basis to sustain their children and homes. Helping them to identify their abilities and providing them the tools to be productive, we can change their lives for better. It might be consider a small effort if we compare this objective to the enormeous needs we face on a daily basis, but it is our way, our contribution, to diminish the gap.
Women Entrepreneur team at class session
Women entrepreneur presenting their products
Dec 23, 2014
Two students received social innovation fin. tools
By Ileana de Villegas - Exec Director Jovenes Emprendedores de Venezuela
Social Entrepreneurship certification
Up to date a US$ 20 donation has been received and invested in providing 4 youngsters with financial tools to be able to use them in social entrepreneurship learning and competition process. Along two months they have come to the office, receiving advisory time and tools for financial planning. These tools have permitted this youngsters' team to participate in a competition, presenting a social innovation idea to obtain a certification that will help them enter in their further university studies strengthened with this importan knowledge. Students have learnt how to identify a social problem to provide a solution through effective problem solving concept, team building, financial planning, marketing intelligence and cost structure. These tools are the blocks to improve their regular curriculum, placing them in advantage to opt to a place in one of the most distinguished public universities to continue their career once they finish high school.