Meet 6 Women Leading Transformative Approaches to Address Venezuela’s Regional Crisis!
The BetterTogether Challenge is proud to fund and scale locally-driven, women-led innovations to support Venezuelans and their host communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Although 2019 was a record year for business start-ups and innovations led by women, the United Nations warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a setback. Today more than ever we must continue to promote innovation led by women. This helps us reap the benefits of inclusive innovation that incorporates the perspectives of more than half the world’s population. For example, studies have shown that increasing inclusivity and participation of women in an organization leads to better performance and greater innovative capacity.
In this article, we feature 8 women leading innovations funded by the BetterTogether Challenge.
1) Loop: Claudia Esparza
Founder at Loop and Nanas & Amas
Peruvian, mother, businesswoman. For 11 years, through her company Nanas & Amas, Claudia has connected families and domestic workers to establish happy and lasting relationships. Since the migration of Venezuelans to Peru began, Claudia's company began receiving job applications from many women looking for job opportunities. All were Venezuelan professionals in different careers, but who needed support to start over. However, as they had no previous experience as domestic workers, they could not be hired. As Claudia describes, “The feeling of helplessness of not being able to lend them a hand made us think about designing a new service. And that's how Loop was born— the mobile app that connects thousands of Venezuelan women with dignified job opportunities to clean houses and offices by the hour, in Lima. They are receiving training and constant job opportunities, good weekly income, the power to decide their own work schedules, and are part of a large community of women that walks with them on their path to move forward.”
2) Democracy International: Marlene S. Charles
3) Cáritas Brasileira: Cristina Dos Anjos
4) CDI Chile: Marcia Cortez Paredes
Outreach and Communications at CDI Chile
5) Salma Mohammaed: Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago
6) Art For Impact: Nery Santaella
Nery “Nani” Santaella, Co - Founder at Art for Impact
Venezuelan, mother, activist and the star of the series “Laboratorio de Arepas”. Her company, Art for Impact, develops creative solutions to social problems through art and creativity. Her flagship initiative, Voices of Venezuela, is a media project like no other that focuses on problem-solving between Venezuelan migrants and host communities in Colombia. As Nery explains, “We want to build self-sufficiency by providing essential information on integration processes in Colombia and access to services, in a simple, dynamic and accessible way. And second, we want to reduce xenophobia and prevent conflict through the creation of culturally appropriate programs, where we are open to talking about xenophobia in a cordial way; a space where we celebrate the positive aspects of migration in Colombia and, why not, celebrate our culture and shared values.”