Mónica Koppmann Morán

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Mónica Koppmann Morán was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Mónica has found a way to give vulnerable children in marginalized communities the foundation of emotional care they need to develop and pursue their education. Through Manos y Naturaleza (Hands and Nature), she creates safe, emotionally dependable places in their neighborhoods to assign nurturing “tutors” to supplement and build upon the care their families are able to give. By enrolling children at a young age and working with them through graduation, Mónica shapes their future, enabling them to become professionals capable of caring for not only their own children but for other needy children as well.
To support her work, Mónica taps into the underutilized resources of the burgeoning Chilean private sector. By offering clear and simple ways for businesses and individuals to engage in her program, Mónica is paving the way for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social-business partnerships in Chilean society. She is also creating links to business by cleverly positioning her model for replication by government programs throughout Chile.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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