Cinthya AndinoCo-Founder, Beleaf
Cinthya Andino is the creative mind behind BeLeaf, the first-to-market upcycling company in Honduras. With a background in architecture and a master’s degree in project management, she co-founded BeLeaf in 2015, bringing her passion for design, creativity, and sustainability into new products made from surplus fabrics and scraps as a response to the fashion industry's severe environmental impact. A triple-impact business focused on creating a long-lasting, positive influence in the community, BeLeaf has partnered with local NGOs, institutions, and firms looking to introduce sustainable initiatives into their workplaces. These efforts have contributed to saving more than 3,000 pounds of excess fabrics from reaching landfills. In 2018, Cinthya was recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Young Leader of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellow and was also selected as a Youth Action Net Fellow. Recently, in 2022, she was featured as one of 10 "Girl Bosses" in Honduras for her work with BeLeaf by one of the most prestigious magazines in the country. Besides her academic background and entrepreneurship skills, Cinthya has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry. As the first and only Certified Construction Manager in Honduras, she is proud to be paving the way for the next generation of women in construction.