Topic : Imprenditoria Sociale
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Deep is working to reshape the negative attitude of young people toward agriculture by integrating a learning model, that provides children a hands-on experience to farming and the agricultural value chain, into the education system. Through his farmpreneur program in schools, Deep is repositioning farming as an aspirational career while simultaneously instilling entrepreneurial skills among children.
Lauren Diaz aims to transform prisons in Costa Rica into true rehabilitation centers, as they are originally meant to be, and with this, empower inmates, decrease recidivism and develop a more empathic society that understands and reintegrates ex-convicts, keeping them away from crime.
Gabriela Ejea is creating a network of socially committed consumers to improve the living conditions of small-scale coffee producers in Mexico through political activism, cultural support, and direct-service projects. Her ultimate objective is to build an experiential bridge between the increasingly disparate realities of urban and rural Mexico, to ensure that small producers are not left out of the debate on the country's development.
Rebeca Villalobos has developed a participatory system of eyecare that enables Costa Ricans of all classes to access affordable medical services ranging from basic vision tests to sophisticated surgical procedures.
Manuel Wiechers is eradicating energy poverty in Mexico by combining community investment, low-cost, renewable energy, and cooperation across the public, private and social sectors to foster social and economic development in rural areas. Manuel’s vision for the year 2025: No Mexican without light.
Isabella Lenarduzzi is bringing women and men together to create a new economy, one that values work-life balance and diverse management practices, and thus reinvents what it means to be successful at work and in the home.
By focusing on the blind and visually impaired, Gina Badenoch is transforming expectations about what people with disabilities can achieve personally and professionally. Gina’s organization uses photography and sensory experiences to change both blind and sighted people’s thinking with respect to human potential; regardless of physical or mental differences.
María de los Ángeles Carvajal is an environmentalist working in the Gulf of California where she is creating conditions for more sustainable development through SuMar. As Mexico’s coastal regions are being excessively developed and communities are exploiting the natural resources, thus damaging the environment, María seeks viable solutions that incorporate conservation into policies and the daily decisions of coastal villages.
Vivienne Schultz is creating innovative programs to address the psychosocial and developmental needs of prospective entrepreneurs to ensure that they are supported by an enabling and nurturing environment. Vivienne’s innovative three-pronged approach involves trainings in microenterprise development, resources, and a physical space to enable budding entrepreneurs to launch their projects, and continued mentorship to ensure that they are successful.
Alvaro Ugalde is an environmental leader who helped establish the Costa Rican national park system. Although the pristine nature of the parks continues to be maintained, the surrounding lands and water systems are deteriorating because of deforestation and exploitive farming, aggressive developers, and changing government policies.