We will train, coach and mentor 500 underserved head of household unemployed women to create and develop their own businesses in the food industry. Cocinando Suenos our experiential education program, equips women with the needed entrepreneurship, management, culinary and personal development skills to launch and propel their own social businesses in the food industry, doubling their income and significantly improving their livelihoods and that of their families.
The gender inequality gap in Colombia remains almost unchanged since the 90's and women's economic participation remains lower. Facing high levels of informality, low (63% of what men earn) and unstable incomes, they are often unable to provide provide for their large families, affecting also their children. In Medellin, women face unemployment of 12 percentage points above men, and wage differences of 31.8%. At the current rate, unless we take action, it will take 202 years to close this gap.
Through a combination of courses, coaching and mentoring, we prepare and empower entrepreneurial underserved women to launch and scale sustainable businesses in the food industry. We provide hands-on entrepreneurship, management, culinary standardization and food design courses, developing hard and soft skills. We pair students with life coaches and mentors, to empower them to start and grow their ventures.
By training and empowering low-income head of household women, we are bridging the gender opportunity and income gap, thus improving their families lives. We train them as social change agents who become facilitators for incoming cohorts, giving back and making an impact. Women become part of a community of independent and empowered entrepreneurial women, thus leading change through the power of social gastronomy.