Cerrito Poverty Stoplight initiative accompanies 1,000 families to overcome poverty


Since 2017, Fundación Paraguaya took on the challenge of activating the entrepreneurial potential of 1,000 families in the community of Cerrito (Benjamín Aceval) to eliminate their multidimensional poverty, over a period of 3 years. This initiative is called Cerrito Poverty Stoplight  and is based on the Poverty Stoplight methodology, where each family measures its quality of life in 50 indicators and draws up its Life Map to implement concrete solutions to their needs. For this challenge, Fundación Paraguaya has a public-private partnership with the Technical Secretariat for Economic and Social Development Planning (STP, in Spanish) with the volunteer program AROVIA.

In this first stage, a territorial mapping was carried out, using a drone that provided photographs and an aerial view of the community. Alliances were also signed to involve public-private actors, including the Municipality of Benjamín Aceval and the Instituto Paraguayo del Indígena (INDI). (more…)

Emprendé Paraguay trained young people to create tourism products

More than 60 young people from Yaguarón, Villarrica and Hernandarias were trained in 2017 under the “Emprendé Paraguay” program, through an alliance with the National Tourism Secretariat (SENATUR), with the aim of promoting the development of tourism-related ventures .

As a result of the training, a group of young people from Yaguarón created their own gastronomic business, called Mito Pizzas, which, as the name implies, is a themed pizza place based on the Guarani mythology. The product was introduced at the presentation of the results of 2017, which was attended by the Minister of Tourism, Marcela Bacigalupo, and the Manager of Entrepreneurial Education of the Fundación Paraguaya, Bruno Vaccotti. “The involvement of our youth encourages us to continue betting on this type of proposal, that is why we will proceed to relaunch the cycle of training for this year, aiming to reach at least 150 people,” said the Minister. In addition, she sais that the tourist offer is strengthened by the work of the communities, with hospitality and identity. “Today, young people are the main characters of the tourist success that each locality has through the work they do together”. (more…)

Poverty Stoplight will be implemented in United States populations

With more than 26% of families in Elmira (New York) living below the poverty line, community leaders have decided it is time to take action. After the visit of the Executive Director of Fundación Paraguaya, PhD. Martin Burt, to make the presentation of the Poverty Stoplight program to this North American community, a process of South-North rapprochement and collaboration began.

In Elmira, many areas in a situation of poverty are experiencing a crisis of controlled substances. Added to that, basic public services and subsidies cannot cope and poverty levels continue or worsen, with discouraged residents for lack of representation. It is there that the Poverty Stoplight becomes a favourable tool to empower these communities and gives them the prominence to seek solutions to the stagnation of their progress. (more…)

66 New Entrepreneurs Graduated from Cerrito, Belén and San Pedro

In December, the graduations of our three agricultural schools were held: the Cerrito Agricultural School in Benjamín Aceval, the Belén Agricultural School in Concepción and the San Pedro Agricultural School. A total of 66 young people from rural areas obtained the degree of agricultural promoters in Belén and San Pedro; and, agricultural technical graduates and in hospitality and tourism, in Cerrito.

For three years the students studied under the self-sustainable education model, in a boarding school regime, under the motto of “Learning by doing, selling and earning”, accompanied by teachers who are specialized in different areas. (more…)

Entrepreneurs who achieved changes in bathrooms, kitchens and dentures were awarded

On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 12, Fundación Paraguaya and CAF -Development Bank of Latin America- gave awards to the contests “My bathroom, my kitchen, my pride” and “My happy smile”, recognizing three entrepreneurs who built their bathroom or kitchen, and fixed their teeth, in a ceremony held in the oratory of the iconic neighborhood of Loma San Jerónimo, in Asunción. More than 22,000 families across the country participated in these contests.

The awards are part of the strategic alliance between CAF, through its Directorate of Social Innovation, and the Fundación Paraguaya. Both institutions promote social innovation empowering, training and raising awareness in families about the importance of sanitation, hygiene and oral hygiene, as well as the role of the community itself in the transformation of their reality and quality of life. These contests foster the entrepreneurial spirit of families and communities as a key factor to improve their quality of life, eliminate poverty and honor their dignity. (more…)

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