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Small business. Great change.
People and economies thrive when small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are empowered to reach their full potential. SMEs create 75% of all jobs in Latin America, but many need better connections to markets, information, and supportive policies. They need support and incentives to access new markets, adopt sustainable practices, and strengthen workers’ rights. The U.S. Department of State has funded the World Environment Center (WEC) and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), Context Partners, and EarthShift Global, to select organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America.

News

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It's with great enthusiasm we share the news that La Red de Innovacion e Impacto Program funded by the US Department of State and led by the World Environment Center will be extended for two more years to continue supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability in Central America and the Dominican Republic.


We will continue working together to create opportunities for collaboration and sustainable growth. Check out more information here.

 

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Wakami just launched their new global branding. Wakami has impact the lives of more than 500 families in Guatemala in more than 20 different villages.


Wakami started 11 years ago and is now a system that not only generates income for these communities, but also generates access to products and services that improve the quality of life- access to water filters, smokeless stoves, solar energy, access to children's nutrition programs and to scholarships. 


Check out here their last informative brochure and get to know more about their story. 


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Techstars focuses its efforts on strengthening entrepreneurship communities around the world. Over the past year, through the support of La Red de Innovación e ImpactoTechstars successfully delivered its #TSLatamSummit 2016 in Chile. 

Techstars has demonstrated its ability to strengthen the efforts of community leaders, building their capacity to create nascent communities that support other entrepreneurs around the world.  

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With the funds and support provided by the Pathways Network, the Mexican firm  iCam Group has successfully scaled its SIMAPRO 10 methodology to El Salvador and Panama. An essential part of the model is constituted by the identification of problems and opportunities by workers, and the implementation of improvements and solutions. Over the course of the project, a grand total of 1,67412 actions, with the aim of improving social, economic and/or environmental conditions, were implemented. Today the Model continues growing in Panama and El Salvador through new consultants, universities and companies.

Events


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  With the support of US Department of State, farmers improve living standards in Guatemala.

Vista Volcanes from Chimaltenango, Guatemala has transformed the traditional agricultural model towards a more efficient and inclusive one, using low cost greenhouses. this system helped to eliminate the use of pesticides improving the quality of crops and increasing the income of the small producers. Through this infrastructure, which they called "Malla Inocua Chapels", it has benefited more than 60 farmers who work just next to theAgua and Acatenango volcanoes. Check it out here.
Lutheran World Relief through Cacao Mobile is helping small cocoa farmers and cooperatives in Central America build sustainable cocoa businesses.
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More about the project's impact is seen in the video below.

Events Calendar

18 - 21 November, 2017  Lutheran World Relief organizes the First Chocolate Competition for Centroamerica.


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