the mif blog

Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

A lack of angel investors and the loneliness of the entrepreneur, key issues on Latin America’s VC ecosystem

By Susana Garcia-Robles

A lack of angel investors is one of the key issues in Latin America today, because entrepreneurs are not going to be successful if they don’t have the initial financial and value-add support they need to convert their ideas into start-ups. It is very important for a country to have angel investors willing to take on risk, to know how much they can allocate –and be willing to lose—in these start-ups every year. Angel networks in Latin America have had difficulty becoming really active for several reasons.

Microfranchising at FOROMIC 2012

By César Buenadicha

Guest post by Barri Shorey, Youth & Livelihoods Technical Advisor, The International Rescue Committee

More and more people are beginning to recognize the great potential for job creation, private sector development and support to vulnerable populations microfranchise has. With that in mind I was asked to help moderate and contribute to this year’s Foromic panel titled Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Microfranchising. The microfranchise model enables low-income individuals to own and operate a ready-made “business-in-a-box,” utilizing proven strategies and an established brand from a corporate, franchise partner. 

Women craft a better life with Wakami Villages

By Jessica Olivan Tellez

Reality in Guatemala, as in many other countries in the region, is hard. Poverty levels in rural areas are very high, which combines with a lack of sustainable income to become the recipe for and main cause of a reduced quality of life. When the gender ingredient is added to this daunting formula it becomes explosive, and for indigenous women things are complicated even further. But it does not need to remain so. A trio of Guatemalan women has been working for almost 20 years so that this vicious circle becomes a virtuous one.

Sustainable agriculture sustains a community in Guatemala

By Alejandro Escobar A.

I was really looking forward to this trip to Guatemala. I had been there before on several occasions, and so I knew what to expect in terms of travel, roads, weather and of course, coffee cooperatives. I´ve also been on dozens of due diligence missions during my years at the Bank, traveling all over the region to check in on projects we have funded or are considering funding. But this visit promised to be different. And it sure was. 

Un modelo de microfranquicia que funciona en Brasil (Parte I)

By César Buenadicha

Escultura de agua

Por María Chan

Datos del Instituto Brasileño de Geografia y Estadística (IBGE) indican que el 17 % de los hogares urbanos del país no tiene acceso a agua potable, el 41% no posee acceso a la red de alcantarillado y solamente el 51,4% posee un filtro -denominación que incluye cualquier equipo para tratar el agua de uso doméstico para consumo humano. Sin dudas, la falta de acceso a agua de buena calidad y en cantidad suficiente genera efectos directos y negativos en la salud humana. 

Purific es una microfranquicia brasileña que fue creada en 1998 por tres socios, quienes a través de un análisis de mercado vislumbraron el potencial de mercado para la fabricación y comercialización de purificadores de agua y filtros orientados a los segmentos B y C de la población, sin acceso a ese tipo de productos. La empresa, localizada en la ciudad de Maringá-PR, comenzó a operar en un pequeño galpón de 250m2, con una inversión inicial de aproximadamente US$100mil dólares y desarrollando de cero su propia tecnología del purificador y dominando todas las etapas de producción.
Hoy, Purific genera cerca de 100 empleos directos, posee aproximadamente 230 tiendas franquiciadas distribuidas en 114 municipios de medio y gran porte, y alrededor de 4000 microfranquiciados “home based” que revenden los productos puerta a puerta. Desde su fundación, la empresa lleva vendidos cerca de 1 millón de purificadores.

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