Dear Friends of Todos Podemos,
As the Director and Founder, I’m extremely grateful for the invaluable support you have brought to our organization in such a difficult year. I would also like to thank those of you who donated in honor of my father, David Applefield, who suddenly passed away the morning after proofreading my last report. I owe much of my passion for helping others and my interest in social entrepreneurship to him, and he would have been delighted to witness your generous support to our project "Help train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!"
As much of the world, Colombia is still in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic. However, life must go on and small entrepreneurs in underserved communities need our help more than ever.
Our analisis of the community needs assessment we conducted this summer and the general context of these past few months have reinforced our belief that our efforts as an organization must be directed toward supporting and investing in entrepreneurs, whose main purpose is to address important social and environmental issues, and who care just as much about their impact as they do about their financial sustainability.
For this very reason, our board of directors has initiated a thourough process to identify individual and community initiatives who share the following caracteristics:
1. Highly impactful project
2. Socially conscious and motivated local leadership
3. Strong potential for scalability
Our goal is to work with a hand-picked group of socially engaged entrepreneurs, in and around the city of Medellín, who are either still planning out their project or are in the initial fase of implementation and haven't developped a sustainable model yet. We will help them grow as leaders and decision makers as they strenghten their models, achieve financial sustainability and scale their impact. 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. Your contributions up until now will allow us to train and mentor up to 30 entrepreneurs. If we can raise another 3,000 USD, we will reach 40 and will be able to help each business build their online presence, improving drastically their visibility and their chances of finding clients, partners and investors.
If you or anyone around you would like to increase your impact, please use the following link: https://goto.gg/44898.
If you would like your gift to be part of the fundraiser in honor of David Applefield: https://goto.gg/f/35511.
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 Facebook, Our Instagram, Our Blog
I am also excited to anounce that Start-today.org, our online school of social entrepreneurship, is now active and already offers 2 courses. As I mentioned in my last report, the school has been designed to offer a variety of courses and coaching services to small entrepreneurs and social organizations interested in supporting them. We are proud to now be able to provide access to our training and content remotely. The school will also contribute to Todos Podemos' economic sustainability. A blog with resources for entrepreneurs is under construction.
Finally, 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 projects in our next report! Thank you again for your trust and patience!
In the meantime, please stay safe, and feel free to contact us at will.