Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Walter was a shy 17-year-old, wondering about his future after high-school in his rural community. After attending a Paraguay Emprende workshop in a city nearby he decided to sign up for the local "Construye Tus Sueños," or "Build Your Dreams" course. Then, Walter had an idea. He loved informática, or computer technology, but there wasn't a single place in town to access the internet or to print. He solved this problem and followed his passion by presenting his business, W.M. Servicios Informáticos, to a panel of judges at the Paraguay Emprende National Taller where he won $800 USD in seed funding. With help from Paraguay Emprende mentors, Walter continues to provide valuable technological services to his community and live his dream.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Since 2013 Paraguay Emprende has worked to achieve its mission to "awaken entrepreneurial interest in Paraguayan youth and instill technical capacities to initiate and provide ongoing support to sustainable and successful businesses." In total, Paraguay Emprende has offered 76 "Build Your Dreams" business planning courses to 1,070 participants in 13 departments of Paraguay. 99 business plans have been presented to Paraguayan judges at the National Taller and 43 winners have been awarded Gs. 109 million in seed funding. 54 mentor relationships have been established to ensure sustainability and 23 Paraguayan facilitators have been trained to teach the "Build your Dream" course. The numbers, do not show the informal effects of the program, such as the generation of jobs, youth business networks, personal development and the social impact that our participants have had in their communities.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
As Paraguay Emprende operates with more experience and data, we are able to make informed decisions about our strategy for the future. The achievement of our mission and our vision of sustainable business development will be realized through 5 key areas: systematization, sustainability, collaborative alliances, diversification of funding and robust monitoring/evaluation. Our impact goals include open access to quality service delivery, targeting vulnerable populations, emphasis on social entrepreneurship, a high rate of business success via mentoring, and maintaining a wide geographic scope.