Vulnerable artisans learn to connect with enterprises for fair commercial transactions that increase their income and improve their lives.
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
Foundation or NGO grants 65%
Earned income 35%
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
1. Increase the amount of communities that are certified to sell through the platform Somos Vía, adding new products and techniques. We have started transferring our methodology to other organizations so they are ready to prepare and certify communities.
2. Assuring a regular income to all of the communities who participate in the platform and growing their capacity for sales. These will be enhanced by events, experiences and sales of products. We are generating alliances to strengthen connections with communities and growing our base of companies who will produce with them.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
A woman trained to be a business woman learns to take decisions and own of their life. They do not to expect others to solve their problems, they are empowered to face challenges, and be leaders, for their teams and the community. Women learn to use the computer and communicate with the world, their reality changes, they become a voice in their communities. They learn to travel, know other realities, understand the world and the market. They are ready to face many more challenges. A woman that goes through our 5 year Program becomes a changemaker.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
Ashoka Fellow since 2004
Finalist in UBS Visionaris Price en 2006.
Winner of Walmart Prize 2007
Finalist in Chivas Reagal Prize 2020.
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
Ashoka network has been a great place to find alliances. We have worked with Ashoka Fellows transferring our methodology, training their communities and participating in new projects to build solutions together.
BLab is a strong network to build alliances with companies who are looking for social impact projects. Some B Corporations work with our communities to produce hand made products or certify their communities to demonstrate no-exploitation of artisans. In 2019 we started the Movement for Fair Payment to Artisans, bringing together enterprises, NGOs, designers and universities, to strengthen alliances to transform laws, institutions, commercial culture and responsible consumption. This network will help us grow and position our platform.