Nueva Oportunidad a privados de libertad

Nueva Oportunidad a privados de libertad

Heredia, Costa RicaHeredia, Costa Rica
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
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Created on 08/20/2012 by Lauren Diaz
- A Foundation which offers integral solutions to a social problem
- Empower the prisoners’ population.
- From employees to entrepreneurs.
- Solutions to excluded populations.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There are currently no integral re-socialization’s mechanisms for prisoners in Costa Rica. Existing work or educational programs within prisons, don’t guarantee reemployment. Therefore, when prisoners get out of jail, they face a second sentence: social rejection. Unable to find a job, they reoffend as the only way to support their family. So they back to prison and collapse even further the prison system. By May 2010, the prison overcrowding, according to the Ombudsman, amounted to 31% and citizen insecurity had an accelerated growth rate.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Nueva Oportunidad aims to create a business incubator model adapted to a penal institution for prisoners close to serve sentence, incubate their business ideas and have a real job option when they serve their sentence. Encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in penitentiary institutions, inmates are no longer conceived as criminals. They become entrepreneurs, breaking a social common paradigm about people in prison. This model was developed in three stages: technical advice, funding and monitoring.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Nueva Oportunidad is an innovative project of social re-insertion that breaks the assistance culture to empower an excluded population, the prisoners, to be leaders in their own re-socialization process. The process has the following stages: 1. Permissions and accreditations: we coordinate permissions and alliances with the Ministry of Justice and Peace. 2. Make the project suitable for the prison institution: we study the prison institution’s conditions to adjust the program to it. 3. Talks and workshops “Wakening up dreamers”: experiential courses for at least 20 people each, about motivation, leadership and values. Their goal is to create an idea incubator and “wake up dreamers”. 4. Reception of proposals of courses’ beneficiaries: we receive business ideas and select at least 20 of them to be incubated. 5. Incubation: we incubate business ideas, to study their viability and feasibility. 6. Link with investors: we connect the inmate, already out of prison, with banks, donors, investors and sponsors to get the first capital injection for his enterprise. This funding can be non-refundable. 7. Monitoring: we support the enterprise in its first managing steps. All of this stages achieve social impact, breaks a violence circle and gives a solution to an excluded population.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The official penal institution in Costa Rica is the Ministry of Justice and Peace, which through the Social Adjustment, is in charge of penal policy. Partners: Private companies: give jobs to prisoners inside the penal institution, for symbolic remuneration. Ministry of Education: schools inside the penal institutions. Distant National University: distant university careers for prisoners. All of these programs are consideredpartners and not competitors. Nueva Oportunidad gives an innovative, practical and real solution to employment re-insertion.

Founding Story

Nueva Oportunidad arises in the context of UNA Entrepreneurs program, in the National University of Costa Rica. I took this “Entrepreneurs” course being Administration student. As a Law student also, I have always been interested in Criminal Laws. In this course I was asked to create a model of social, industry or services business. I wanted to stop being part of the population which only criticizes and provide solutions. Visiting prisons I investigated about which was the major fear of the inmates. The answer was not being able to find a job. That’s how Nueva Oportunidad came up.
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Nueva Oportunidad

Organization Country

, Heredia

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, HE, Heredia

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How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)

Access to financing, Access to talent, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Motivation. We’ve achieved in giving a hope to hopeless people. We are currently working in a series of “Talks and Workshops: Waking up the dreamer”, in which we identified new prisoners’ initiatives and talents with strong possibilities of turning into micro-enterprises.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

We plan to get at least 50 enterprises conceived by prisoners in three years and at least 40 of them being able to stay in the market.
After their launch, los ex-prisoners will be able to hire people in jail living the same situation they did.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

- The lack of citizen awareness about this social problem: we can overcome this situation through media and rise awareness campaigns.
- Problems to assure resources: expanding the contact networks and improving the negotiation technics can fix this.
- A bad national criminal policy planning: we contribute to the criminal policy planning.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Concretar patrocinios por al menos $20000

Task 2

Realizar una campaña masiva de información audivisual en redes sociales, medios web y de comunicación

Task 3

Realizar talleres cada 22 días, como mínimo, en el centro penal.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Fundraise at leas $50k

Task 2

Source at least 70 business ideas for prisoners. Recibir al menos 70 ideas de empresa de privados de libertad

Task 3

Incubate at least 20 enterproses started by prisoners.

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New Opportunity requires support in all areas for growth, to become a replicable model. Our team can contribute with experience and expertise to contribuite to the growth of our model.