To support the growing wave of social entrepreneurship, a group of leading organizations came together to accelerate the emergence and growth of social enterprises in Latin America. These efforts are carried out within the framework of the program "Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America".

This strategic program provides social entrepreneurs with specific support at each stage of their development, including by providing funding through donations to help them focus full time on their project, developing skills to prepare for investment and achieve a systemic impact, and facilitating research and information exchange activities.

Phase I of the program was implemented from 2014 to 2018 in Central America and Latin America, with the exception of Brazil, and phase II is starting at the beginning of 2019.

Get to know the impact results and the social entrepreneurs who have been supported by this program.

 


Our Impact in Numbers

73
Social entrepreneurs in 20 Latin American Countries
790,000+
People directly benefitted
$53.1 million
USD Raised in additional capital for all social entrepreneurs

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Check out the stories of some of the social entrepreneurs who participated in the program and the impact their projects are generating. 

Roberto Montesinos

Working to promote a new labor model in Venezuela.
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Bruno Defelippe

Helping social entrepreneurs and startups in Paraguay by creating a supportive ecosystem for innovation.
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Allison Silva

Providing free information and trainings to entrepreneurs in Bolivia.
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Peter Bloom

Working to provide better telecommunication services in Mexico
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Carola Capra

Providing trainings and networking to small business owners in Bolivia and Peru.
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Alejandro Marius

Providing educational opportunities for young people and women in Venezuela.
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Sasha Kramer

Working to create a better treatment for human waste by using it for soil fertility in Haiti.
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Juan Pablo Larenas

Building a global movement of people and businesses working to solve social and environmental issues in Latin America.
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Sebastian Salinas

Fostering entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities of Chile.
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Jose Manuel Moller

Seeking access to quality and environmentally friendly staple groceries in Chile.
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Carlos Atencio

Providing better and more accessible healthcare for all people in Venezuela.
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Emily Stone

Creating a social business model for indigenous Maya cacao farmers in Belize and Guatemala
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Conor Bohan

Transforming the university system in Haiti
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“The program made us see more clearly the social impact of our company, and the importance of our shared value model. It enabled us to think big.”

Andrés Albán
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“The program provided deep reaffirmation of Alterna inclusion approach and where it is going. This support was very important because it challenged current paradigms and amplified our horizon in gender equity.”

Daniel Buchbinder
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Social Entrepreneurs

Peter Bloom

Ashoka Fellow since Dez 2013

Daniel Buchbinder

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2016

Sebastián Salinas

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2015

Jose Manuel Moller

Ashoka Fellow since Mär 2014

Emily Stone

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Carola Capra

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2015

Bruno Defelippe

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Mabel Gisela Torres Torres

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

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Juan Pablo Larenas

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2015

Sistema B

Alejandro Marius

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2015

Individual Alejandro Marius

Santiago Ocejo Torres

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2016

Salud Cercana

Lumber Andrada

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2018

Uruplac

Ignacio Oliveri

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Vipermed

Duquesne Fednard

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2017

D&E Green Enterprises

Gina Badenoch

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

Manuel Wiechers Banuet

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2013

Francesco Piazzesi

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2010

Thomas Ricolfi

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2016

Albina Ruiz

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 1996

Pablo Antonio Ordonez

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2004

Angie Ferrazzini

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2014

Nicolas Métro

Ashoka Fellow since Mai 2012

Morgan Guerra

Ashoka Fellow since Dez 2013

Vicente Fenoll

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Javier Lozano

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2012

Felipe Bannitz

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2013

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