The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Musicales Maria Manuela

Your title/position Founder
Type of Enterprise informal program/project
Year the ngo or company was founded 2017
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Explain your project in details:

When I was 12 years old I entered a music school to learn violin. There they lent instruments to students who did not have, but they had no enough instruments for all the 200 students who studied there. Searching a solution to that problematic I decided to found María Manuela, an alternative for the cultural education, social inclusion and ecology. We make musical instruments from recycled materials, caring the planet to the beat of music. With María Manuela I have attended several entrepreneurship fairs, like Expocamello, Pereira Recicla, Picnic Festival and Dosquebradas Emprendedora. I also have a TEDxPereira Talk, which name is "Violines Con Alma". It is about my entrepreneurship, its philosophy and its beginnings.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

As of right now, what I have done is to help people be more aware about the needs of children that come form low income communities and the opportunities that could be taken if they could have Access to music. My role has been to bring awareness to people that can do something about it. My goal is to be able to start a program in a guetto here in Colombia where I can start teaching music to these children and teach them how to build their own instruments out of recycled materials they can find easily in their homes or neighbourhoods.

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Sustainability and future plans

Musicales Maria Manuela is an alternative for the cultural education, social inclusion and ecology. We make musical instruments from recycled materials, taking care of the planet to the beat of the music. We sell acoustic and electroacoustic violins through social networks like Instagram and Facebook, we participate in several trade fairs in our cities and give conferences to expand our philosophy and search allies. We have been able to finance Musicales Maria Manuela through 3 different sources, the first one is seed money received from an NGO that has accompanied us since the Project started, the other source is a contest where we won an amount of seed money that helped us buy tools for the production of the instruments and the third source is my family. We want to start a program with children of low income communities really soon and teach them not only music, but also how they can pursuit their goals through entrepreneurship.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I was born on October 25, 2001, in Pereira, Colombia. At my 5 years old I started writing poems and stories about the environmental consciousness. When I was 6 years old I started playing sweet flute at the school, realizing how beatiful is that world is and wishing to venture further into it. At my 8 years I learned to play piano online. I started to participate in story contests, wining the second and first places at my 10 and 11 years old, respectively.

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June 16, 2019 07:36

Hi, I apologize, I have not been active on campus for some days now but am back now and will vote every idea that has left a comment or message for me if you have not done so, please check it out and leave a comment quickly to get two votes today thank you

June 15, 2019 11:27

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June 14, 2019 14:11

Manuela Sanchez,
I am in love with your project. Recycling old materials to create new instruments for your students is an amazing innovation. Which of the instruments do you play? I am impressed that even the way of instruction in the school is practical. God bless you for looking out for those students and may you win this competition.

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June 14, 2019 11:37

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best

June 14, 2019 10:49

As a fellow musician myself I see great potential in this project. I know that this will cover many different goals within the sustainable development goals. I wonder how you plan on advertising this project though, and how you can market the program so that the advertisements could be successful.
Best Wishes
Jacob Little

June 14, 2019 00:25

I am here again to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support


June 13, 2019 17:04


Well done and i wish you all the best in this competition and implementation of your project. Let continue supporting each other through votes and comments. You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a vote and comment

June 12, 2019 20:34

Your exploits leave no one indifferent.
So I join the world to say bravo, to congratulate you, and to inform you of the boundless admiration I have for your project .. But don't take too big a head either... Congratulations

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June 11, 2019 20:30

Hi Maria,

You have finally turned your passion for music into a project. Well done. Keep pushing and impacting the world through your initiative. I left you a vote. I am No. 1 in your voting list for today.

Also, do you know you can vote daily for 15 minutes and vote for as many ideas/projects on this platform? If you do vote daily, please have my project in mind. You can reciprocate my vote and comment on my project through the link below.


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