- Founder, Salto Peru
Impact area: Economic empowerment; Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8
Andrea Gonzalez-Negron founded Salto Peru in 2015. The organization trains university students to offer consulting services to micro-entrepreneurs—many of whom are indigenous people with limited access to education and business networks—to improve their competitiveness and provide a sustainable solution to the problem of poverty.
“The lack of opportunities for underprivileged Peruvian youth to generate sustainable incomes was exacerbated by the pandemic,” Andrea explains. “But it has also created an opportunity for geographically isolated areas to leapfrog and integrate into larger supply chains digitally. The award will support the launch of a new program promoting digital skills and supporting young leaders to launch social impact and business ventures with an online component.”
The Global Youth Resilience fund will help Andrea and her team to accomplish the following goals:
- Train and empower 60 highly motivated young leaders by providing them with opportunities to develop business, leadership and digital skills.
- Help these young leaders create and develop ~12 digital business ideas which will in turn have impact on their communities.
- Support the launch of viable impact/business ideas and accompany them for the following year. While some ventures might be aimed at solving immediate pandemic-related challenges (until vaccine rollout), others will have the potential to scale and continue operating the post-Covid world.
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