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Social Entrepreneur Corps has been leading social innovation and consulting work with students since 2005. Our lead global partner is Community Empowerment Solutions, our award-winning sister non-profit. Our lead local partner is Soluciones Comunitarias, the social enterprise we co-created with local leadership in 2005.

See the projects our students have engaged on with our partners.

Below is a list of select local partnerships that Social Entrepreneur Corps participants consult for (in alphabetical order).

 

APAN (Asociación Pro Ayuda a la Niñez Nicaragüense)

Location: Diriamba, Carazo, Nicaragua

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Quality education

This organization was created to provide support to under-resourced families through extracurricular opportunities. APAN supplements classroom learning with academic reinforcement and recreational programs for youth as well as vocational training for adolescents and adults.

Recent Student Engagements: Consulting for youth empowerment partners


Bankomunales

Location: Dajabon, Dominican Republic

Primary Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Access to finance

Bankomunales creates access to financing solutions in the rural west of the Dominican Republic. Community promoters set up self-financed community banks that provide greater financial autonomy to community groups.

Recent student engagements: Consulting on community assessment and technology testing


CEFAM

Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Gender equality

CEFAM is an organization that offers legal services primarily to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and family disintegration and do not have the resources for legal representation.  CEFAM also offers psychological support to break the cycle of male domination and female dependence.

Recent student engagements:  Consulting on marketing strategy


EL CENTRO EXPLORATIVO

Location: Nebaj, Guatemala

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Quality education

Our leadership created The Centro Explorativo in 2003. The Centro provides educational opportunities to indigenous children and youth in the rural community of La Pista (population ~3,000) and surrounding communities. We supplement the rudimentary local school learning opportunities with free classes for children, computer and internet literacy courses, arts and skills development. 

Recent student engagements: Consulting on community environmental program, youth arts program, youth group formation and community impact program


FDI (Fomento para el Desarrollo Integral)

Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Quality education

FDI (Fomento para el Desarrollo Integral) stands for “Strengthening integrated Development”.  A group of education specialists and social workers dedicated to support Guatemalans with scholarships who are facing economical challenges that would prevent them from completing primary and secondary school. They also support scholarship students with social and emotional issues, offering individualized tuition and also supporting the families of students. FDI also works in public schools offering workshops in: social/emotional education, sexual education and environmental sustainability.  FDI has distributed over 3,500 kits of educational materials required by primary and secondary school children.

Recent student engagements: Consulting on fundraising strategy and program development


Fundación Artística Xuchialt

Location: León, León, Nicaragua

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Quality education

The Xuchialt Artistic Foundation is a community arts association based out of León’s historically indigenous neighborhood, Sutiaba. The project works to conserve indigenous culture and cultivate appreciation for the arts through classes such as drawing, painting, traditional dance and guitar as well as the facilitation of open community events.

Recent Student Engagements: Consulting for youth empowerment program partners


Fundacion Utopia

Location: Riobamba, Ecuador

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Responsible consumption and production

This organization functions like an Ecuadorian CSA (community supported agriculture). Their project brings fresh, healthy products from around the Chimborazo province to Riobamba in the form of low priced assorted produce baskets. They are committed to supporting local farmers here in the beautiful Chimborazo Province and also to supporting healthy eating habits in Riobamba.

Recent Student Engagement: Consulting on social media & marketing workshops, organizational consulting for new stores


Gualterio Neighborhood Community Group

Location: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Community empowerment

This community groups meets regularly to strengthen the autonomy within the community. This area is a banana plantation and families suffer from lack of access to basic community services, such as employment, education, financing, and sanitation services. They meet regularly to build solidarity and collectively build capacity among the community group.

Recent student engagements: Consulting on community assessment, needs analyses and technology testing


Just Hope

Location: León, León, Nicaragua

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Sustainable cities & communities

Just Hope is a U.S. non-profit organization established in 2007 that supports two Nicaraguan communities on the path to self-sustainability, through teacher training and support, scholarship programs, community cultural center programming, medical brigades and health center support, microfinance and social enterprise initiatives and a model farm.

Recent Student Engagements: Consulting for El Colaborativo member, SolCom Healthy Water, on filter and workshop delivery through Just Hope’s Education program, consulting on social enterprise initiatives


Mayan Hope

Location: Nebaj, Guatemala

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Reduced inequalities

Mayan Hope is a non-profit organization that seeks to support underprivileged Guatemalans, and to provide them with brighter futures. The special education school provides free education to children and young adults with a variety of special needs ranging from Downs Syndrome and other cognitive delays, to deafness and physical handicaps.

Recent student engagements: Consulting on technical skills/handicraft programs and fundraising


Mentes para el futuro

Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Gender equality

“Minds of the Future” offers academic and physiological support to children and families in Xela that live in extreme poverty and have suffered multiple traumas such as extreme violence and abuse.  A group of professional mental health care workers are dedicated to offering families the supported needed to work their way out of poverty and become leaders and professionals of the future. Minds of the Future also offers scholarships for children in order for them to attend a private school.  In 2017, 100% of students graduated from school and were eligible to study in the university.

Recent student engagements: Consulting on marketing and fundraising strategy


Mushuk Kawsay

Location: Ñamarin, Ecuador

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Gender equality

Mushuk Kawsay is a group of indigenous women from Ñamarin whose goal is to create economic opportunities for themselves and their families through their artisan products. They hope to become a leader in the international market with products that speak to the Saraguro culture and will help to share their traditions and ideals with the world. They aim to combat their problems surrounding economic opportunities in their community while pursuing their own personal professional development, and staying true to their cultural values.

Recent Student Engagement: Grassroots business consulting, social media marketing workshop.


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Pakaritampu

Location: Ñamarin, Ecuador

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Decent work and economic growth

Pakaritampu is a hostal and community sustainable tourism group located in Ñamarin, Ecuador. Their goal is to be able to share their culture through tourism while creating economic opportunity for their families and creating opportunities for cultural exchange. 

Recent Student Engagement: Consulting on social media marketing


rafalex

Location: Cuenca, Ecuador

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Quality education

Rafalex was created to respond to the needs of disadvantaged groups in Cuenca. They aim to enhance the development of these groups through the promotion of initiatives and projects that include comprehensive training, management of resources and networks.

Recent Student Engagement: Consulting on supporting vulnerable populations in Cuenca


Regala Una Sonrisa

Location: Nebaj, Guatemala

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Good health and well being

Regala Una Sonrisa is a local community youth group that began their mission of ‘gifting a smile’ in 2014, dedicating themselves to providing gifts for children in and around Nebaj during the holiday season.  They have since expanded their mission to raising suicide awareness in Nebaj to combat a youth growing suicide rate. Plans are being made to expand their work with youth into the future.

Recent student engagements: Consulting on youth empowerment and community impact programs


saralac

Location: Ñamarin, Ecuador

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Decent work and economic growth

Saralac, previously known as Lácteos El Wagrero was founded in 1995. This group of entrepreneurs united local Saraguro cheese producers so that they could reach a larger market. Cheese is an important part of the Saraguro culture and cheese making methods have been passed down for generations. This small business/co-op allows dairy farmers to produce and sell the cheese on a larger scale.

Recent Student Engagement: Grassroots business consulting


Tourismo Comunitario San Vicente

Location: San Vicente de Caney, Ecuador

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Sustainable cities and communities

San Vicente is just getting into the community tourism business and are looking for ways to make tourism a source of income in their area without compromising their culture or their economic benefit. The community is an incredibly unique one that is the meeting point of three very different cultures within Ecuador, and is host to impressive mountain jungle landscapes, waterfalls, and a variety of native birds.

Recent Student Engagement: Best practices workshop and grassroots business consulting for start up community tourism project


Turismo Ixil

Location: Nebaj, Guatemala

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: Decent work and economic growth

Our leadership created Turismo Ixil in 2002 to generate local jobs and opportunities in Nebaj. Turismo Ixil boosts the local economy by offering tourists eco-friendly treks, Spanish and Ixil language classes, volunteer opportunities as well as a locally owned and managed hotel (Media Luna Media Sol) and restaurant (El Descanso).

Recent student engagements: Consulting on child nutrition-program design and development


Waman Way

Location: Chimborazo, Ecuador

Primary Sustainable Development Goal: No poverty

Way is a women's artisan organization situated very close to Chimborazo. These entrepreneurs are committed to empowering themselves and their families by selling artisanal goods crafted from wool from their Alpacas. They have a shop in their community where they showcase their goods to passing tourists, and are looking to expand their impact by diversifying their shop.

Recent Student Engagement: Consulting on product design and best practices recommendations for market expansion