Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!

by Corporacion Todos Podemos
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Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
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Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
The community development committee
The community development committee

Hey there!

This is Alex from Todos Podemos in Colombia. 
How have you been? Doesn't if feel like it's been a crazy year just about everywhere, AGAIN?
By the way, did you hear that Colombia has a new government? They have announced strong emphasis on addressing inequality, poverty, corruption and environmental damage. So there is some hope for the social sector here... we shall see. In the mean time, here we go with some quick news about the project Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!, which you helped fund. To be entirely honest, we've been having a hard time raising funds lately, but since we always teach our entrepreneurs that you can do alot with a little, we strive to lead by example and get things done.
Community event:
After many conversations with the team and a quick survey to assess past-trainees' interest, we decided to initiate the building of a community of social entrepreneurs.
The purpose of this community is to facilitate networking opportunities, provide additional training, incentivise collective idea generation and organize shared events / activities. With this in mind, we held a reconnection and brainstorming event, in which participated at least one entrepreneur from four different groups that we have trained. 
In addition, we are excited to announce that we are buiding an online store within our website! Our past trainees to soon be able to offer their products on todos-podemos.com! While setting this up, we are collecting applications from interested entrepreneur. Here's a preview of a product that might be available there soon. ;)
Website update:
 
Adding this e-commerce feature to our website is part of a larger project: Restructuring our website to offer a clearer overview of our work and a smoother user experience to our visitors. Although we are still working on creating and uploading all the information, here are some of the main changes:
  • Our services are now separated according to the three groups we work with: Social Entrepreneurs, Social Organizations (public or private), and Businesses looking to contribute.
  • We offer the possibility to book a call with us directly on the website.
  • Perhaps the most noticeable improvement for our Anglophone friends is that we now have an English version of the website. 
  • Visitors have access to free downloadable guides and ressources from our main page. The first one is a monthly budget planner for entrepreneurs, but we soon will have more available.
BioCommunity video:
In my last email, I talked about the great advances of BioCommunity, who has set up a sustainable system to teach environmental awareness and to finance their educational projects by recycling plastic, glass and cardboard in Medellin's Comuna 13. Well here's a video interview of their leader "el Figu". And maybe I shouldn't spoil the surprise, but it looks like they will be selling cool lamps made entirely from recyled materials very soon as well... Here's a picture of one of their prototypes.
 
That it for now. Thank you again for making all this possible! 
As I mentioned at the beginning of this message, finding the ressources to train, coach and support local changemakers has been a challenge. If you are able and would like to continue helping us assist social entrepreneurs so that they can build sustainable projects and generate impact in their communities, you can do so by donating on this link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-train-entrepreneurs-in-colombian-barrios/

If you are interested in specifically funding the training of Venezuelan migrant women – usually young mothers – looking for a way to start a new life and participate in the Colombian economy, please go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-venezuelan-migrant-women-who-impact-colombia/.

We are extremely grateful for your support! Any amount is helpul and every Dollar goes a long way! If you can't contribute right now, please share these links with friends, family and colleagues and let them know why this is important to you! :) 

As always, I would like to remind you how thankful I and the team at Todos Podemos are for the invaluable support you bring to our organization! 


Remember that we aslo periodically publish fotos and videos of our projects on social media, so I invite you to follow us on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.  


Best regards, 


Alex Applefield-Alvarez
Brainstorming on community building
Brainstorming on community building
Bio Community's lamp prototypes in the lab
Bio Community's lamp prototypes in the lab

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Bio Community's new community kitchen
Bio Community's new community kitchen

Dear friend of Todos Podemos,


I can't believe that we're already almost half way through 2022. I hope that you've been having a great year so far. As you can imagine, I am writing to give you some news about the project Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!, which your generous contribution helped fund. In this short report, I’ll talk about 4 of the organizations that your helped us train and who's amazing progress we had the pleasure to witness in our recent monitoring and evaluation visits! Please feel free to reach out if you would like more information on the project, its impact and beneficiaries, or anything at all. We'd be thrilled to hear from you! :)

In May, our team spent some time with each of these community organizations to assess their progress in terms of sustainability and impact, but most importantly to answer their questions and provide them with personalized feedback. Here is a brief summary of the key information we collected during these visits:  

Bio Community: As you may recall from previous reports, their goal was to use recycling as a means to fund their educational and cultural projects, while teaching children and parents to protect the environment. Last time we visited them, they were just beginning to ask the community to collect plastic bottles and egg cartons to help contribute to the organization's funding. Now, they have increased the variety of materials they collect and recycle, and have standardized their processes to save time and space, and to generate a more substantial income for their organization. They have openes a brand new community kitchen and made alliances with NGOs, businesses and the public sector, and are in the process of registering their organization to be able to formalize these partnerships. Bio Community is also providing income to 14 people, including 6 women, who separate and organize the recycling materials, 4 teachers, and 2 recycling personnel, all from the community. As part of their educational and sustainability strategy, the children are incentivized to recycle through a trade program, where they "buy" clothing from the organization with recyclable materials. At the moment, they collect and sell 1 ton per month and receive 1 800 000 Pesos for it (500 USD). This allows them to improve their impact by providing more educational and artistic activities.

Platos Sin Fronteras: On our last visit to see their healthy cuisine workshops for women community leaders in Moravia, Medellín, we were pleased to learn that they had inaugurated 3 new campuses where they cook and teach healthy eating and income generation to youth and community leaders in the towns of Apartado, La Ceja, and Pedregal. They also diversified their markets and now offer their services to companies, who want their staff to receive the training. Another exciting evolution is that they have built a partnership with a larger organization, which provides them with communication and marketing tools and training, enhancing their visibility and opportunities.

As I had mentioned in my last report, Corporación IFT is developing their international network and continues to provide university preparation courses for underserved youth in Medellín and Chocó. Since last time, IFT has made a huge leap toward sustainability. They have partnered with San Cristobal's Center for Social Development, who provides them with physical training facilities, enhanced visibility and legitimacy, and a steady monthly source of revenue. This, as well as an alliance with a German non-profit organization and a strategic change in their staff structure, has helped them fund the training of 20 new trainer, better their impact measurment processes, and prepare 160 teenagers in 8 underserved communities for their University entry exams.  

Fundación Mayunka, which collects and recycles used cooking oil to make decorative and scented candles, now employs 7 people. The first 5 collect the oil and containers, while the other 2 make the candles and coordinate the operations.  And most importantly, they have started to sell their candles! So far, they have given this task to an intern, but they plan on hiring her as a formal sales person in a few weeks. They are renting a new and much bigger space, where they can produce and sell the candles, while holding their organization's environmental activities. The Velaqua candles project helps protect 18 streams, which provide drinking, cooking and cleaning water to 180.000 people in Ipiales, Nariño.

Thanks to your contributions, we have been able to provide support to our past trainees. As you as well aware, starting a venture takes time and effort. And that's even more the case when you are a triple bottom-line organization, who's main interest is their social and environmental impact. 

If you would like to continue helping us assist and mentor our entrepreneurs so that they can consolidate their projects, become sustainable and continue growing their impact in their communities, you can do so by donating on this link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-train-entrepreneurs-in-colombian-barrios/

If you are interested in learning more about, or help funding the training of Venezuelan migrant women, usually young mothers, looking for a way to start a new life and participate in the Colombian economy, please visit https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-venezuelan-migrant-women-who-impact-colombia/.

Even if you can't donate right now (which we totally understand), feel free to share these links with friends, family and colleagues and let them know why these projects are so important to you! :) 

As always, I would like to remind you how grateful the team and I at Todos Podemos are for the invaluable support you have brought to our organization. I cannot thank you enough for being a part of this! 


Remember that we aslo periodically publish fotos and videos of our projects on social media, so I invite you to follow us on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.  


Best regards, 


Alex Applefield-Alvarez

Selfie with Platos Sin Fronteras' team
Selfie with Platos Sin Fronteras' team
IFT's team at their new office in San Cristobal
IFT's team at their new office in San Cristobal

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Meeting with Platos Sin Fronteras, before cooking!
Meeting with Platos Sin Fronteras, before cooking!

Dear friends of Todos Podemos,

 

I hope that the end of 2021 went well for you and your loved ones. As always, I am here to give you an update on the project Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!, which was made possible thanks to your generous contribution. This time around, I’ll try to keep it short, but please feel free to reach out if you would like more information on the project, the beneficiaries, or anything at all, as a matter of fact. It’s always a great pleasure to hear from our supporters! :) Here we go.

 

First, here are some news from a few of our social entrepreneurs:  

 

Platos Sin Fronteras: We visited one of their healthy cuisine workshops held in the oldest and most emblematic restaurant of the infamous Moravia neighborhood of Medellín. As a side note, this neighborhood stands on a hill entirely made of garbage. You can’t tell now, but I definitely recommend reading about the history of this place! Going back to the cooking workshop, we were extremely pleased to see how Platos Sin Fronteras is able to bring together such unique groups of people. That day, 3 women community leaders from Moravia, 2 volunteer social entrepreneurs who led the workshop, members of 3 non-profit organizations including ourselves, 4 tourists including a chef, and the restaurant owner, all participated, cooked, ate and learned from each other! Platos Sin Fronteras has set up a system that connects people, teaches healthy eating habits to at-risk groups, and is sustainable because it funds itself with the tourist participation fee. I’m sure you can tell from the pictures how much fun we had! 

 

 Corporación IFT is developing their international network and continues to provide university preparation courses for underserved youth in Medellín and Chocó. They have reached out to request our support in developing their online skills and tools. Thanks to your support, we will be able to provide them with personalized training and mentoring starting next month! We didn't want to interrupt the class with pictures, but still got one shot just for you! 

 

Fundación Mayunka: As you may recall, their project was to collect and recycle used cooking oil to make decorative and scented candles. Well, they are doing it! They are now working with local restaurants in Ipiales (In the southwest of Colombia) to collect the oil. They hire low-income street recyclers to pick it up and also buy used glass containers from them. Mayunka then processes the oil to make the candles before selling them. Oil donor restaurants get to use them for free and all clients can replace their candles at a discount if they bring back the glass jar! I attached a picture that they sent us of some candles being made, to give you an idea of the process. 

 

Just in case you missed it, here is a short video of the training program that we held with them.  WATCH THE VIDEO 

 

And we have more great news! Thanks to your contributions, we have reached our initial goal of raising $11,250. This means two things: 

 

1. We can continue to assist and mentor our entrepreneurs so that they are in a position to consolidate their projects, become sustainable and continue growing their impact in their communities. 

 

2. We can start preparing for a new group of change-makers to be trained. Since last year, we have been approached several times by Venezuelan migrant women, usually young mothers, looking for a way to start a new life and participate in the Colombian economy. So we decided to listen to them and create a new project just for them. The project is now open for funding.

Please visit https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-venezuelan-migrant-women-who-impact-colombia/ to read more about this project, or if you would like to help these women. Sharing the link with friends, family and colleagues is also extremely helpful! :) 

 

As always, I would like to remind you how grateful the team and I at Todos Podemos are for the invaluable support you have brought to our organization during these difficult times. I cannot thank you enough for being a part of this! 

 

We periodically publish fotos and videos of our projects on social media, so I invite you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute with pertinent content or ideas for our blog.

 

Once again, I would like to personally reiterate my gratitude for being part of this adventure and believing in our work. As always, please stay safe, and feel free to contact us at any time.  

 

Best regards, 

 

Alex Applefield-Alvarez

Now we're cooking!
Now we're cooking!
The full Platos Sin Fronteras experience
The full Platos Sin Fronteras experience
Pre-university class with IFT
Pre-university class with IFT
Mayunka's recycled-oil candles in the making
Mayunka's recycled-oil candles in the making

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Meeting at Bio Community's headquarters
Meeting at Bio Community's headquarters

Dear friends of Todos Podemos,

I know it’s been a while, but here comes your project report for Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios! Thanks for your patience. I have some exciting news for you that I hope you will find worthy of the wait. 

First, our social entrepreneurs – the social organizations YOU have helped us train to generate their own income – have reached an important milestone!

For the past 4 months, they have been super busy attending our weekly training sessions, going on field trips to meet successful social entrepreneurs, investigating their market and competitors, building their value proposition, meeting new business partners, and a whole lot more to prepare for their final pitch and the launch of their ventures. It wasn't easy, but then again, nobody said it would be, but they did it. And they did it despite a very uncertain context with profound social unrest, which received highly preoccupying government repression (please look it up if you haven’t heard about this), and the third highest Covid-19 peak in the world after Brazil and India (our entire team got sick and had to postpone a couple sessions). 

But back to the important part, our trainees graduated! ‍‍:D

A couple weeks ago, in front of 10 high-profile jury members, our 6 most advanced student-organizations – AV Community, JAC San Antonio, Corporación IFT, Proyecto Florecer, Platos Sin FronterasandFundación Mayunka – gave their pitches. 

Their presentations were very well received as they were offered mentorship, technical support, and even recurring donations. Here is a short video of the training and final presentation. I hope it gives you a sense of what the sessions look like, and that you feel proud of making this happen! WATCH THE VIDEO 

But everything I mentioned above is just the beginning. Now that their business model is looking good on paper, each organization needs to actually bring it to life! And as you can imagine, our work doesn't end here either. After the training process, our mission is to mentor each entrepreneur as they take their first steps to implement their plan. This requires our team to visit each organization in their community, observe their work and progress, ask strategic (sometimes hard) questions, and most of all listen to all their uncertainties, fears, and difficulties. This may seem like a tedious process if you look at it from a first-world perspective, but Colombian community organizations tend to operate in a highly organic manner, where spending time together and nourishing a strong relationship is the only feasible and sustainable path to a solid partnership. But we don’t mind it! In fact, getting to know our graduates’ environment and beneficiaries helps us bring them the best advice and support we possibly can so they can get their entrepreneurial project up and running. 

We have already started, and our first follow-up visit was to AV Community in Medellin’s infamous Comuna 13. They started a small recycling business called Bio Community, which collects plastic and glass with the help of the community. They then sell the materials to  companies who transform it. Bio Community’s earnings are used to organize educational and artistic workshops for the neighborhood’s children. I wanted to save this for our next report, but I took a few pictures during our outing and decided to share them with you. ;)

And that’s all for now! 

Once again, I would like to thank you for your unconditional trust and patience. The team and I at Todos Podemos are so grateful for the invaluable support you have brought to our organization during such difficult times.

As always, if you or anyone you know would like to join our cause and make a meaningful impact in one of the world’s most inequitable countries, please use the following link to make a donation: https://goto.gg/44898. Your support is what allows us to keep going! 

If you haven't done so yet, I invite you to follow us on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute with pertinent content or ideas for our blog.

Once again, I would like to personally reiterate my gratitude for being part of this adventure and believing in our work. As always, please stay safe, and feel free to contact us at any time.  

Best regards, 

Alex Applefield-Alvarez

Kids watching a movie with AV Community
Kids watching a movie with AV Community
On our way to the meeting
On our way to the meeting
Listen is our secret ingredient
Listen is our secret ingredient
"El Figu" telling us about his experience
"El Figu" telling us about his experience
View from "Altos de la Virgen" Comuna 13, Medellin
View from "Altos de la Virgen" Comuna 13, Medellin

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Dear friends of Todos Podemos,

Before anything else, I would like to thank you for your trust and patience, while we were figuring out how to advance in our work in such a new and unpredictible context. I’m so grateful for the invaluable support you have brought to our organization during such difficult times.

As I am sure you are well aware, while a few fortunate countries seem to be slowly finding their way out of the global Covid-19 pandemic, much of the world – including Colombia – is still in the midst of the crisis. Intensive care units are full in virtually all hospitals nationally, and Colombians constantly need to adjust to strict sanitary measures that have changed dozens of times in the past few months, usually without any prior notice. In addition, widespread social uprisings have emerged throughout the country in the past few days and will most likely intensify in upcoming weeks. While the sum of these circumstances have made planning and conducting in-person training sessions extremely difficult, we have been designing ways to work around those limitations and fulfill our mission. 

As I mentioned in our last report, our team made the decision to support social initiatives with high-potential for growth and help them develop sustainable economic models to continue and expand their impact.

We are pleased to finally announce that we have selected 19 projects that will initiate their training program with us this month. 10 of them operate in the Medellín metropolitan area and will receive in-person (if possible) weekly group sessions and individual support. The other 9 organizations come from all over the country. In order to offer them quality training and guarantee a meaningful learning experience, our online program will provide them with both group sessions to present them with concepts and tools, and in-depth one-on-one support where they will be able to share their progress and receive detailled feedback. 

If you would like to know more about the selected projects, here are the links to those who have a websites or social media profiles:

Our program will help this hand-picked group of socially engaged leaders grow as role-models and decision makers as they strenghten their organizations, achieve financial sustainability and scale their impact. 

All this because of YOU!  We are SUPER GRATEFUL and can't wait to share their amazing work and results with you!!

If you or anyone around you would like to increase your impact, please use the following link: https://goto.gg/44898. As you know, the number of social enterprises we are able to help and the quality of assistance we are able to provide will depend on the donations we receive. If we can raise another $1,500 USD, we will be able to provide each organization with post-training support and aid them to build their online presence. Our expert consultant in digital marketing will help them to improve drastically their visibility and their chances of finding clients, partners and investors.

If you haven't done so yet, I invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and to visit our blog. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute with pertinent content. See our Facebookour Instagram, our blog

Once again, I would like to personally reiterate my gratitude for being part of this adventure and believing in our work. We look forward to sharing pictures and success stories from our trainees in our next report! Thank you again for your trust and patience! 

As always, please stay safe, and feel free to contact us at will.  

Best regards, 

Alex Applefield-Alvarez

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Location: Medellin - Colombia
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Alexandre Applefield
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia
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