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!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!
Help Train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!

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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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 FacebookOur InstagramOur 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.  

Best regards, 

Alex Applefield-Alvarez

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Dear Supporter of Todos Podemos, 

As the Director and Founder, I’m delighted to share with you this update on the status of our project "Help train Entrepreneurs in Colombian Barrios!," which in March 2020 you generously contributed to fund.

As you already know, the global Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly hit the entire world, and affected virtually everyone's reality in an unprecedented fashion. Colombia – and Todos Podemos – are no exception to that. Since mid-March, both the national government and the city of Medellín, where we are based, decided to impose stringent restrictions in Colombia to slow down the contagion. The nation’s health system would rapidly become overwhelmed in the case of mass contamination. These drastic measures have made conducting in-person training both unsafe and entirely illegal, forcing Todos Podemos to postpone the implementation of the project until the sanitary and legal situation allows us to resume normal activities. Although it is particularly difficult to put a date on the reactivation of normal activities, it is expected that Coronavirus cases will peak in Colombia in August or September 2020. 

We as an organization, nonetheless, have decided to continue to actively support the community of entrepreneurs and trainers that we have worked with in the past, and who continue to need us more than ever in facing these harsh times. Although our ability to provide direct help is now limited, we have taken the following three actions to serve our beneficiaries and community the best we can. 

1. Online Quarantine Advice

Todos Podemos has created an entrepreneurship tips video series called "Consejos de cuarentena" (Quarantine Advice) on social media. This series of short videos cover a variety of topics that help entrepreneurs cope during this health emergency. Each episode is presented by an expert collaborator who addresses specific questions on mental health, time organization and discipline, accounting norms and legal changes, social media, among other relevant areas. To date, we have published nine episodes on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We invite you to follow us @todospodemosconsulting on both platforms. We have also created a blog section on our website. You are more than welcome to visit and we encourage you to contact us if you would like to contribute with pertinent content.

See Our FacebookOur InstagramOur Blog

2. Community needs assessment

Todos Podemos has conducted a thorough telephone survey to all of our past trainees in order to assess their situation and identify current and future needs as change makers and individuals in their communities. A total of 65 entrepreneurs and trainers completed the survey, and our team is now in the process of analysing the results in order to design and implement the best-suited plan of action to serve their short-term necessities as well as longer-term goals. See attachment (Survey Results).

3. Online training

One of Todos Podemos’ most exciting new features is the creation of an online school of social entrepreneurship called Start-today.org, which has been designed to offer a variety of courses and coaching services to small entrepreneurs and social organizations interested in supporting them. Our first two courses are in production: The first defines and validates business ideas, and the second develops business models. These courses are expected to go online in late summer and provide access to our training and content remotely. They will also contribute to Todos Podemos' economic sustainability. For those of you who would like to participate in funding this project, I graciously invite you to do so on our project page. We are still accepting donations and need to invest in additional tools to provide our services under this new modality.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-train-entrepreneurs-in-colombian-barrios/

Finally, I would like to personally reiterate my gratitude for the donation you made in March and reassure you that your contribution is safely kept in our account ready to serve the cause you donated to. We thank you again for your trust and patience, and look forward to reconnecting with you with good news very soon! 

In the meantime, please stay safe, and feel free to contact us at will.  

Best regards, 

Alex Applefield-Alvarez

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Corporacion Todos Podemos

Location: Medellin - Colombia
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Twitter: @TodosPodemosss
Project Leader:
Alexandre Applefield
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia
$9,147 raised of $11,250 goal
 
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