Nanas y Amas
More than 800,000 Venezuelans have migrated to Peru, where many have legal status while others are working toward integration into the country. While Peruvians are generously hosting them, many Venezuelans still face challenges accessing employment, especially opportunities that offer adequate compensation. These obstacles hamper their aspirations to realize their full potential, achieve a better quality of life, access education, send remittances back to their loved ones in Venezuela, and enjoy the freedom they came to seek.
Evidence shows that many Venezuelan migrant women are particularly vulnerable. They may fall victim to trafficking, forced labor and receive salaries below what the host countries' laws stipulate.
Nanas y Amas, an employment agency started in 2009, launched "Loop"- a mobile application that connects Venezuelan women in vulnerable conditions with vetted employment opportunities that ensure fair pay, security and the chance to decide their terms of employment.
Since the inception of Loop's program last year, Nanas y Amas has already helped over 100 Venezuelan women in Lima access training and connect with opportunities in the household, office and caregiving environments.
Loop empowers migrants with financial literacy to help them build a credit history and learn strategies to start saving. They also address xenophobia in Peru through a communications campaign and on its extensive social media channels.
Nanas y Amas is leveraging Challenge funding to scale Loop, expanding benefits to reach more than 1,000 Venezuelan women throughout Lima with the prospect to operate in other areas in Peru. Given the COVID-19 crisis, the initiative has already established a protocol to continue operations without threatening women's health or livelihoods, while managing to build a sustainable, growing business.
Focus Areas and Impact
|Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth & Finance|
|Gender Equality & Women's Economic Empowerment|