“El Mirador” jams

Yes! yes! yes! “El mirador” is the name of the jam from El Maltón Community in Ecuador. Last week, on Saturday the 15th of December Vivamos el Bosque held its third practical workshop. This time our young social entrepreneurs learned how to write a business plan and why it is so important to think carefully about it from the beginning of any venture. Taller 3 El malton They learned about their assets as a group, they identified their weakness, which is their target client, price, marketing. Which are the basic conditions to start their business, legal aspects etc… The workshop included a first written draft of the business plan for the jam called “El Mirador” and a practical exercise. The young entrepreneurs received a seed fund of 35 USD to produce in one week the jams they plan to sell for Christmas season. Thank you very much to Ivan Rodriguez, entrepreneur and great friend of Vivamos el Bosque for all his help and support! This coming week we are having a graphic design workshop and visual comunication!! Our young entrepreneurs will design their first logo!! Keep checking our updates!!!

Solidary Economy and Finance Management

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The second workshop was held during the second weekend of December at “El Maltón” community. We had 9 participants that joined us to the session held by Raúl Proaño, leader of a citizen school for about 20 years.

Why solidary economy? It is important to know a little about the Ecuadorian context to understand the foundations of this workshop. In 2008, Ecuador passed its new Constitution where a new development model came into force. The model is based in the “Well living or Sumak Kawsay”, and is sustained in the development of the human being and the care of nature. And more important it has an article in which the social solidarity economy is the axis of economic development.

It seemed to me a good idea to give a workshop in solidary economy along with finance management since the nature of our social veture is the conservation of the Cloud Forest.
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“Vivamos el Bosque” studied these changes, and learned from fellow experiences at the social organizations, peasant and indigenous organizations and NGOs, working to sustain this State model change.

The workshop was really interesting and got really engaged to our young social entrepreneurs. They learned about basic concepts of economy and social values that need to lead any social venture. With games and simple exchanges of products, simulating a community market, important concepts were covered and valuable information about the local situation of each of the participants could share.

I was lucky to share such an incredible experience! I am looking forward for the coming one!

Social Entrepreneurship and Conservation Program

Finally started! After a long preparation, the first weekend of December 2012, “Vivamos el Bosque” held its first workshop under its Social Entrepreurship and Conservation program for youth at El Maltón Community.
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I had the pleasure to host six youth from El Maltón community in Quito and two inspiring Social Entrepreneurs that work hard every day to conserve the biodiversity of Ecuador, Gabriel Iturralde from Floare, and Lola Guarderas from Wikiri. FloareTheir personal experiences leading a social business that aim to protect the Orchids and the frogs in Ecuador, gave as a clear overview of why, how and when to start such a business. Wikiri

The workshop was interactive and rich in information. We had lunch together and went visit some shops in Quito where products from other social business are sold. DSC_0145

The sessions help me with the later preparation of training modules and curriculum that will respond to the needs identified in the training need assessment, and we worked on the development of a curriculum and an implementation plan for a proposed mermelades business.