Jun 23, 2020

Emprende in the times of COVID-19

One of our virtual workshops
One of our virtual workshops

With this report we strive to provide our donors with updated information concerning developments within our program “Emprende” with a special focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 had a considerable impact on us as an institution and the vulnerable families we are working with. Due to the measures taken by the Argentine government as a response to the crisis (a strict quarantine since March 20th), our female entrepreneurs were required to adapt their businesses to these new, limited circumstances. Here we will mention some of the actions taken by our organization in order to offer the best support possible to our beneficiaries in these difficult times.

Despite the complicated context, we were able to renew six loans for female entrepreneurs affiliated with Mujeres 2000, distributing a total of ARS 60,900 (870 USD). 

With respect to our workshops on business related topics, we realized six individual sessions of counselling, consisting in four weekly sessions about topics such as digital marketing and social media content. We are working very hard to create new workshops that are based on the input of our volunteers and their individual knowledge. Furthermore, we are working with corporate partners such as Google. Thanks to a generous offer from Google, more than 20 interested entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to upload their businesses to Google My Business.Among other benefits, this will allow their businesses to appear on Google Maps.  

Since we are now depending on virtual meetings to continue our business management courses, we reassessed former content and updated it to work better in this new paradigm. In total, 13 new female entrepreneurs began our workshop and graduated, and more than 20 women are registered in the waiting list for the new course starting in July. The five course modules have been distributed among five volunteers. 

Lastly, we are very happy to announce that we are in the initial phase of developing an app for Mujeres 2000 that will enable more efficient registration of loan fee payments from our beneficiaries, replacing the former paper-based process. 

The current financial challenge due to the quarantine required a reconsideration of the income source of the female entrepreneurs we support. Once again, this group of exceptional women has proved its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and initiated the production of facial masks to help fight the spread of COVID-19. We received generous donations of cloth which was distributed to 25 of our entrepreneurs. 

We are – especially at this critical moment - enormously grateful for your support as a donor. Your trust in our initiatives is an important source of motivation to overcome the current challenges. Thank you for your support! 

Donations of fabrics for the face mask production
Donations of fabrics for the face mask production

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Jun 23, 2020

Familias en Obra in the times of COVID-19

Housing maintenance
Housing maintenance

With this report we strive to provide our donors with updated information concerning developments within our program "Familias en Obra."

From January to March, before the measures taken by the Argentine government as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic - a compulsory quarantine in Buenos Aires since March 20th - we were able to make considerable progress providing housing support to five families. In collaboration with architects, construction plans were created and the required material costs have been calculated. In total we granted 115,000 ARS (USD 1,650). 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the dynamic of our activities as an NGO, especially within our program dedicated to the improvement of living conditions in our neighborhoods. For example, one of our principal activities within the program “Familias en Obra” is technical housing counseling. The frequent visits required to the houses of families we support are impossible to carry out at the moment. 

In lieu of presencial visits, we have shifted our support of these families to the virtual space. Creative tutorials related to housing renovation, repair, and maintenance created by the architects who contribute to the program are sent to the families via WhatsApp. Unlike our other programs, “Familias en Obra” is less adaptable to the current circumstances due to the fact that the majority of tasks involved cannot be conducted in a virtual manner. As a result, we are currently channeling our efforts towards the establishment of a post-quarantine strategy. 

At the moment, ten families need additional loans in order to continue their construction. As it is currently impossible to visit the families, we are analyzing alternatives. One potential option regards the collection of construction material (e.g. vents, water tanks) in preparation for a future construction phase.

In addition, we are identifying professionals within the neighborhoods in fields required in the construction process. These include carpenters and electricians. By working in the most local way possible, we reduce required transportation of materials from the capital city to the surrounding neighborhoods of the province and thus minimize the risk of contagion. 

In cooperation with the Universidad de San Martín, we are planning online workshops on masonry and electronic engineering with a certification by the Argentine Building Workers Union (UOCRA). The principal goal is to improve our beneficiaries´ access to more work under better working conditions. 

We are - in the name of every participant of the program “Familias en Obra“- enormously grateful for your support as donor. Your trust in our initiatives is an important source of motivation to overcome all the challenges we face in the daily working process. Thank you!

Virtual team meeting
Virtual team meeting

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Jun 18, 2020

Acceder Estudiando in the times of COVID-19

With this report we strive to provide our donors with updated information concerning developments within our program "Acceder Estudiando" with a special focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 had a considerable impact on us as an institution and above all the already vulnerable families we are working with.In spite of these adverse circumstances, Mujeres 2000 was able to maintain its stability: once again, the cooperative spirit of all people involved with the NGO has been proven. In order to identify the specific needs of our beneficiaries, we monitored and adapted to a changing working environment and worked to accompany the families we support to the best of our ability. Apart from the type of support, we also necessarily had to consider the form of its transmission, for example regarding the families access to wifi. 

Within our program "Acceder Estudiando" as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by the Argentine government – a strict quarantine since 20thof March – our students attend virtual classes. We aligned our activities through - among other possibilities - virtual individual tuition, support classes and workshops. 

Furthermore, in March we added a new group of scholarship recipients to our program. These twelve students receive a monthly payment of 4,200 ARS (USD 60), and are accompanied by an individual academic tutor and additionally are offered support classes. In total – having integrated these new scholarship recipients – we are providing 38 scholarships this year, implying a total monthly financial support of 170,000 ARS (USD 2,450).

In order to guarantee our scholarship recipients an education that goes beyond their specific university studies, we offer - in cooperation with companies - additional workshops to our students. For example, workshops that focus on soft skills related to job placement. Even though the current circumstances entail certain limitations to us as NGO, we work on maintaining already established alliances with companies and, after an adjustment phase in the very beginning of quarantine, continue creating new alliances.

We are - in the name of every participant of the program "Acceder Estudiando"- enormously grateful for your support as donor. Your trust in our initiatives is an important source of motivation to overcome all the challenges we face in the daily working process. Thank you!

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