Education to empower girls and women

by Corporacion Superarse
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Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women
Education to empower girls and women

For the last couple of months we decided to go back to on-line programs. From our in-person program evaluations, together with further conversational interviews we had with prospective students, we learned the majority of our students prefer on-line education, as it allows them to fulfill their multiple responsibilities as entrepreneurs, mothers and with their day jobs. We also learned; women highly benefit from coaching. We have noticed coaching has allowed women to incorporate their recently acquired skills as entrepreneurs into their ventures.

Our focus has been on coaching women to learn how to train their minds. Our partnership with Comfama, has provided us with additional funding to hired an amazing life and executive coach specialized in guiding entrepreneurial women to make their dreams a reality as they accomplish their goals.

As part of this process two cohorts of woman food entrepreneurs have successfully finalized our recently launched renewed intensive online Cocinando Sueños course and coaching program. Women have launched and or renovated their product, and most importantly duplicated their sales. Our students, have reported to have undergone a personal and professional transformation, as well as their ventures as the program has provided them with the skills and tool-kits, and most importantly it has allowed them to challenge their once limited mindsets and propel their entrepreneurial minds.

As we reach the end of 2022 we continue to be very grateful for all the support and hard work of our team, our donors, partners, sponsors and volunteers. This support as allowed us to improve our program in terms of content, delivery, professors and coaches, such that it best addresses the needs of entrepreneurial Colombian women in need in the food industry, increasing their income, improving their quality of life and that of their families.

As we approach Giving Tuesday, we continue to very much welcome your generous donations as support such that we can further our impact, by increasing the number of scholarships and financial aid spots.

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During the last couple of month´s we have focused on developing and delivering our most recent version of our renewed food entrepreneurial skill/set building an intensive on-site course as part of our partnership with Comfama - a non-profit whose mission as a Family Compensation Fund is to improve employees and their families´ quality of life by administering both monetary and in/kind subsidies including informal continued education programs-. We have recruited and trained two new highly experienced professors in the fields of e-marketing and pricing for the food industry.  We have also focused on exploring and building relationships with other possible partner organizations to further expand both our reach and impact.

As part of this process two cohorts of woman food entrepreneurs have successfully finalized our recently launched intensive on-site Cocinando Sueños course. Women have launched and or renovated their products. They have also managed to increase their sales, thanks to their recently launched e-marketing campaigns. All in all, entrepreneurs have reported to feel more empowered and to have been able to take important steps to launch and grow their food ventures.

We continue to be very grateful for all the support of our team, our donors, partners, sponsors and volunteers. Thanks to this support we have been able to continue offering our courses to entrepreneurial Colombian women in need in the food industry, increasing their income, improving their quality of life and that of their families.

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We have been focusing the last couple of months in developing and delivering renewed food entrepreneurial skill/set building courses as part of our most recent partnership with Comfama - a non-profit whose mission as a Family Compensation Fund is to improve employees and their families quality of life by administering both monetary and in/kind subsidies including informal continued education programs-. This alliance has provided us with resources, allowing us to facilitate scholarships and reach those underserved and head of household women entrepreneurs who can benefit the most from our courses. Also,we have gained  greater local and national visibility. We have incorporated lessons learned from our previous cohorts about the needs of underserved women entrepreneurs and specifically on the skills and tools from which they benefit the most. We understood, from our previous experiences with our students and alums-, underserved entrepreneurial women need to know themselves better as entrepreneurs in the food industry, understand in depth the needs of their customers and how these can inspire them and allow them to innovate with their products and learn to set prices and keep accounts of their business and analyze the financial results to make decisions that allow them to grow, be sustainable and sometimes be renewed.

As part of this partnership, a group of 29 entrepreneurs underwent our most recently enhanced virtual training and mentorship program. Cocinando Sueños, our course, allowed women to find their essence and the purpose of their food ventures, to understand the needs of their customers; as well as to acquire tools that guide them towards making important decisions for their ventures, maximizing their entrepreneurial potential, as well as that of their businesses.

When asked about what they gained from the course women replied:

"Each class was of great help, since I could see the clearest things in terms of the entrepreneurship that I am building.  I learned many things from the being and for the being which will help me in the future when it comes to creating, strengthening, improving reinventing my brand, starting from learning how to change my thoughts, and attitudes that sometimes are not the right ones to start the path to be an entrepreneur, since behind a great venture there must be a brave, noble and good entrepreneur."

"Making the prototype of a new product seemed very cool and I enjoyed it since it is something that I will implement in one that will come out this Christmas season, and I found it pleasant to connect an experience from my venture. Many thanks to Comfama, Kalpata and the whole team that allowed entrepreneurs like me to have tools that at this time and in the future are and will be very valid and important."

We are currently working on developing and launching a new dream course to reach more Colombian women in need of our support. This time we will go back to in-person classes as a request of our recently graduated cohort. We will be opening 4 groups of 40 students on average. To make this a reality, we have a new professor with 20 years of experience teaching and guiding gastronomic entrepreneurs in pricing and basic finance. We have also restructured our course and our working on devising innovative strategies to address our retention challenge.

We continue to be very grateful for all the support of our team, our donors, partners, sponsors and volunteers. Your support has allowed us to be able to continue offering our courses to entrepreneurial Colombian women in need in the food industry, increasing their income, improving their quality of life and that of their families. We welcome and are very grateful for your generous donations and support allowing us to continue making entrepreneurial food industry dreams come true for our students and alums. 

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We have been focusing the last couple of months on our recently launched social gastronomy food innovation project: Platos & Relatos, an impact driven meal kit delivery service.

Platos & Relatos, is providing a space for our most outstanding students and alums to continue developing and honing their food creation and innovation skills, their project and operations management, as well as their team work, time management and leadership skills. Women have been challenged to create and develop new recipes and menus. They have improved their culinary skill in the preparation of signature, healthy and easy to prepare at home meals. 

Additionally, participants have had a hands on experience in the optimization of their teams´ resources. They have significantly improved the production´s cicle time, by building and implementing effective project management and team work strategies.

Being part of the Platos & Relatos team has allowed women to increase their income while continue to grow and reactivate their small food businesses. They have further developed their culinary skills and most importantly their creativity in food creation, allowing them to improve their families’ nutrition and quality of life.

We are happy to share we will be participating in GlobalGiving´s holiday end of the year campaign and #GivingTuesday. We look forward and are extremely thankful for your continuous support and generous donations. Your donations, will contribute to increase and enhance our impact.

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We have been focusing the last couple of months on our recently launched Product Innovation Lab as well as Platos & Relatos a new project to be launched that hopes to be both an additional food lab for our  most advanced students and alum, an additional revenue stream for them while their small businesses grow, as well as an earned source of income to help finance Cocinando Sueños and grow our reach and impact.

 

The Product Innovation Lab, is virtual space where outstanding students are being both individually and group coached and mentored. The Lab has allowed women entrepreneurs to focus on enhancing and improving their products. Women have prototyped and validated their prototypes guided by our team of food design experts. They have gained further insights into their customers need and wants. They have translated these insights into enhanced innovative middle eastern sauces, dips and classic desserts with a twist. Students and alum have successfully increased their cash flow by focusing on developing and enhancing innovative food products by combining their passions, Colombia´s native fruits and clients food preferences.

 

We are happy to share we have been invited to a City Entrepreneurship Fair (In Medellin- Colombia) where participants of our lab, have sold their products and most importantly had a chance to show their work in shopping mall with an affluent group of visitors.

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Corporacion Superarse

Location: Medellin, Antioquia - Colombia
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Project Leader:
Ana Palacio
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Medellin, Antioquia Colombia
$28,363 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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