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Claves del éxito para mujeres emprendedoras

By Guest

Este artículo fue publicado originalmente en Americas Quarterly. Lea la versión en inglés

Desde la importancia de conseguir un buen mentor hasta la ventaja de usar nuevas tecnologías, hay muchas cosas que las mujeres en Latinoamérica pueden hacer para lanzar sus propios negocios y llevarlos al éxito. Le pedimos consejos a algunas de las más destacadas emprendedoras de la región.

Multi-stakeholder alliances: learning to see the world through the eyes of the others

By Francisco Larra Bujalance

Six blind Hindustani men set out to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the animal’s body. The first man approached the elephant, and happening to fall against his broad side, at once called out, "The elephant is very much like a wall!" The second, feeling the tusk, cried, "What we have here is so very round and smooth and sharp that it is mighty clear the elephant is very like a spear!" The third happened to take the squirming trunk within his hands and said, "My God, the elephant is very much like a snake!" The fourth reached out an eager hand and felt the animal’s knee. He said, “It’s clear enough the elephant is very like a tree!" The fifth, who happened to touch the ear, said, "Even the blindest man can tell the fact that an elephant is very much like a fan!" The sixth seized on the swinging tail. "I see," he said, "the elephant is very much like a rope!" And so, these Hindustani men disputed loud and long, though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong. (This parable is attributed to Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and teacher of Sufism.)

Argentina se suma a la Iniciativa Regional de Reciclaje Inclusivo

By Estrella Peinado-Vara

En América Latina y el Caribe se estima que 4 millones de personas viven de recolectar y vender residuos, la mayoría en condiciones de extrema vulnerabilidad. Los recicladores de base suministran entre el 50 y 90% de los materiales reciclados para uso industrial, sin embargo, solo capturan una pequeña fracción del valor que generan para la cadena, estimado en 5%. Estas personas llevan adelante una labor de sumo valor para la sociedad y el medio ambiente, pero sufren de marcada exclusión económica y social.

Getting Smart at the Sandpit

By Brigit Helms

By Brigit Helms and Maggie Dugan

The large Mexican city of Guadalajara is a thriving commercial center and home to 1.5 million people. But nearly 24,000 homes in Guadalajara have only a dirt floor and lack access to indoor plumbing and sanitation services. To tackle the challenge of people living without access to basic services in a large metropolitan area, 25 experts from different professions assembled a few months ago for a 5-day immersive workshop called a “Sandpit,” held in the community center in Guadalajara’s neighborhood of Zapopan.

The Social Impact Incentives instrument boosts social entrepreneurs’ profitability once the impact performance is achieved: simple, flexible and entrepreneurial

By Laura Fernandez

In 2016 the Social Entrepreneurship Program, managed by the MIF, has approved the first two projects of the LAC-IMPACT facility, in collaboration with the Swiss Development Cooperation. This facility aims to innovate by financing Social Impact Incentives (SIINC). The SIINC consists of a Results-Based Financing mechanism, where the outcome impact payor agrees to make premium payments to the social enterprise based on the social contribution generated by its operations