Kinnaku- Developing young entrepreneurs in indigenous communities

Published on June 19, 2014 um 14:13

Summary of your idea

The main objectives are to build a foundation of human development and provide the tools for young leaders and entrepreneurs to impact their community. Using human, social, entrepreneurial and commercial development workshops we plan to empower youths and help them to develop solutions that improve the well-being of their communities. The innovative approach consists on teaching entrepreneurial skills to indigenous youths in rural settings as well as the implementation of projects that are socially and commercially viable and positively impact their communities.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

In order to make indigenous communities sustainable, it is important that they unlearn dependence on government agencies and other organizations. The way to do it is by building life, social, entrepreneurial and commercial skills that enable them to feel empowered and ready to solve their community's problems. By the end of the project we hope to have to establish two sustainable businesses that promote self-sufficiency and business skills. A measure of success will involve evaluating ideas by their sustainability. The businesses will have to generate returns that guarantee their ongoing duration.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business model is fairly simple. Youths utilize traditional farming methods to design and build a fruits and vegetables garden at their school. Before and after school, youths will be asked to participate in meetings, talks and workshops in order to design their garden and make production more effective. They will also select and plant seeds that are adequate for the climate and enable them to construct a diverse and balanced diet.

Your profile

All employees of the non-profit behind the youth group is Magtayani are in the age range of 22-30. Our organization serves youth, women and producers to develop sustainable indigenous communities in the totonac region of the state of Veracruz. Our main objective is to make these communities self-sufficient, sustainable and autonomous so that they do not depend on government aid. Our organization has 7 years of experience working towards this goal and has managed to bring human, social, entrepreneurial and commercial development skills to the region, launched 3 successful businesses and in 2012 won best prize for social innovation awarded by Universidad del Valle de México (Premio a Proyecto Social 2012). In addition, the youth group consists of boys and girls in the ages of 14 to 20 from indigenous communities of northern Veracruz. Most of them are in the last years of high school and are deeply motivated to create social impact in their communities.

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Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education, health, food security, poverty reduction, sustainable trade, cultural diversity , empowerment of women, youth

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