Dario Funes

Ashoka Fellow
Argentina
Fellow Since 2004
Colegio 721 "Caleta Hornos"

Citation

This profile was prepared when Dario Funes was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Introduction
In rural Argentina, hundreds of small towns are slowly dying as factories close down and young people move away to the cities. Dario Funes found that to keep small towns alive, it was important that people make jobs for themselves rather than just hoping for factories to return. Working with rural schools, he is creating programs that train people to create community businesses using local natural resources, a solution that allows these small provincial communities to stay together and stem the tide of emigration.
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