Published on July 28, 2016 um 03:32
Explain your idea in details:
Corozal, Sambo Creek, San Juan, Tornabe, and El Pino are some semi urban and rural communities, which belong to the Garifuna ethnic group (except El Pino). Today there are twelve micro-businesses initiatives that produce and grant services, which are managed by entrepreneurs of the communities, who have united to create job sources that might enhance their livelihood. They present deficiencies in the production processes and the operations, hampering profitability. The idea is to create a web of businesses that produce and grant services in the region, that offers technical and financial support. The web will focus on working three areas: the first focuses on improving the production and service processes, including the used methods and processes, the application of the safety norms for the elaboration of foods, labor ergonomics, acquisition of equipment and supplies, etc. The second area of focus covers the legal, administrative, and marketing components, to position the product in the market, keeping in sight a national and international growth, regarding both national and international laws. A third area of corporate social responsibility, where a scholarship program will be created to provide opportunities for access of quality education to children and teens. The web seeks to improve the production and financial processes of the micro-businesses, resulting with: quality products and services, improved organizational structure, and secure the profitability of each initiative. Obliquely, we will work on reinforcing the abilities of the partners and employees through personnel training in administrative, legal, marketing, and production processes according to each businesss category. The production processes will be adapted to minimize the greenhouse effect gas emission. The raw material used for the elaboration of the products will be acquired from the communities, supporting the local market.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Among the communities the job sources are limited, a problem that in the actuality is affecting the entire nation. According to the report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Honduras occupies the highest percentage of poverty in the population with a 60%. The economy in the communities centers in fishing, tourism and agriculture, categories which today grow slowly and by season, in addition to climate change. According to information obtained from members of the communities, the lack of job sources, discrimination, teenage pregnancy, limited access to basic services, and domestic abuse, are the main problems faced nowadays, added to that is the loss of cultural traditions, like language (Garifuna) and gastronomy. In this context, teenagers choose to migrate to the city or outside the country, mainly the United States, seeking to obtain a job that will improve their livelihood. According to UNICEF, 97% of migrant children in 2015 came from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In that same year, a humanitarian crisis was declared because of the high number of migrant children. We will strengthen four micro-businesses initiatives of young people, decreasing migration for lack of employment sources. Children and teens whom are vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking, loss of limbs, being victims of crime, during the journey, so that the protection of their rights become a priority, besides preventing family disintegration. Similarly, we will strengthen five micro-businesses of women, empowering them to take an equal role in society. We will also work with three groups of fishermen. Each initiative will augment their profit by 100%, counting with a functional production process, and a leader organizational structure. The sense of belonging toward their traditions will increase.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
There is hunger because there is poverty and there is poverty because there are no job sources that allow individuals have access to quality education, health, economic stability, basic services, like water, electricity, etc. In this context, the inequities and inequalities are more vivid and visible, in addition to domestic abuse and loss of cultural identity. We pretend to break this scheme in which were living today, where there will be work opportunities that generate income and the people may improve their conditions and livelihood.
We will work on strengthening the initiatives through an empowerment of the partners and employees in the management of the businesses. It is necessary to provide tools that ease the work through days of training and constant accompaniment. We will socialize the objectives of the web with the micro-businesses, signing a tripartite collaboration agreement between the web, the micro-businesses and local authorities. A work plan will be elaborated alongside the businesspeople, a diagnosis per business (strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats). This diagnosis will allow us to know the actual situation for each business. Once done with the process, the elaboration and implementation of an improvement plan per business, that will include a marketing plan, a budget, planning sales, production and work, etc. This improvement plan will allow us to redefine the strategies for operations of the micro-businesses, in order to improve and consolidate the products and services in the market. We will legalize each micro-business and annex to the chamber of commerce and industries and other similar institutions.
From Honduras, Central America. I am 24 years old. Industrial engineer by profession. I believe that we could achieve better societies if humans cared and helped each other. The production processes are necessary, but they must be sustainable with the environment, it is our obligation to be innovative in this area. Humanitarian Diplomacy passionate, in love with my country and a volunteer at the Honduran Red Cross. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to send them. I am Indira Dominguez and this is my idea.
Stage of Idea
Artisanal stove, to elaborate the product. Community micro-business by women who produce cazabe
Cazabe, a traditional food fom the Garifna ethnic group, which has potencial in the market
Artisanal grater, with which yucca, the raw material for the elaboration of cazabe, is grated