Mobile libraries in rural/developing places where people can have free access to books to learn a new language for more opportunities

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • Less than $1k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Chile

Headquarters location: City

Santiago, Republica Metropolitana

Location(s) of impact

Country 1: Pueblo de lo Barnechea, Haitians Immigrant Communities, Easter Island


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Chile is a country where reading is thought to be a luxury only a certain number of people should have access to. Throughout the years, the taxes that are added to books have been unthinkable, reaching already an 18?% in the past few years. My projects vision is to challenge this common though of "reading can only be for the wealthy" and make it accessible to people in rural and developing locations that need it the most.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

My project is based around the simple idea of setting up "local" libraries all around developing communities with books the community can have access to at any moment and at any given time. The idea is to set up these libraries in such way that they are part of the community making every single member of the community be inclined on getting access to this service. What i find to be the most promising aspect of my idea is how it can be applied to many different scenarios in many different places. For example in one area the books in the library can be more about learning a certain language, where in another area the books could be more centered around teaching the youth how to read. This project can be applicable in many different senarios.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Since my project is a star up is hasn't had impact up to date although in November we are going to implement our first library and in January we are going to set up libraries in Easter Island so we are courtly in the process of gathering the tools to make this project a reality.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Currently this project is financially supported by book donations from fellow peers and fundraising to get money to make the amount of libraries necessary.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

It is shaped around the whole idea of a community and learning within a community setting, teamwork.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Growing up as a girl who always had the luxury to travel to another country to purchase something as simple as a book since I was not allowed to buy one in my own country Chile, always raised some questions within myself. I never really understood why buying books in my home country was not an option. I think that it was when I turned 8 when I actually started worrying about this, being told that I couldn't buy books was not an answer I would take. I sated asking more until I understood that I could not buy the book because they were too expensive. After researching about this I discovered that my country puts a 19% tax on every book sale which is why no one buys a lot of books in Chile.

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Giuliana Bertoia , I commend you for your great initiative. Lack of Education and Inadequate access to reading will make paupers about of men and women with great capacities and potentials. And from my experience, the greatest investment, is investment in human beings, it replicates and multiplies.

I however have some recommendations for your project especially for its financial sustainability:

1. Get this project onto an online platform, work on social media campaign for this project where people can donate in finance or in kind...

2. You'll need to work out a Structure that ensures there are People or volunteers locally, in the areas where the libraries are stated, who can actually teach people to read especially if they have Never learnt to read

3. Seek the involvement of the communities leadership in Your projects both for partner funding and for maintainace because setting up the libraries are not really the problem, sustaining them will be the major challenges and maintainance will only be precious to communities if they have stakes in the project...

However, despite all written, I believe this project will make a major turn around in Chile if helped to grow.

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