Domingo Guzman Rolón Centurión

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1995


This profile was prepared when Domingo Guzman Rolón Centurión was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995.
The New Idea
Domingo Rolón has created an automobile garage and workshop that employs and trains unskilled, rural youth migrants in Paraguay's capital city. The youngsters earn a fair wage while learning a craft that can provide them with a permanent livelihood in the city. The workshop is self-sustaining through the same commercial activities that provide learning experiences for the youth.
Having proven that this apprenticeship approach is both commercially viable and beneficial for the youth apprentices, Domingo is now concentrating on transferring the model to other self-employed professionals, including mechanics and motor reconstruction specialists and building and construction artisans (e.g., carpenters, tilers and electricians).
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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