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The collaboration between Social Alumni and SUD, acting as a giving-back consultancy abroad, highlights the approach that ESADE believes cooperation projects involving professionals must have: impact on the project receiving advice, which is most advisable, plus impact on the person providing the advice:

  • Impact on the project thanks to the participation of former students with a great deal of professional experience, combining on-site work with remote work in impoverished countries.
  • Impact on people thanks to a training programme for students in their final year taking part in this project, with a view to fostering the value of giving back and being in contact with (in many respects) a wealthy and unfair world by practicing one’s profession.

In these projects, senior alumni interact with current students. The former students move out first, provide consultancy sessions on site and then return after pinpointing actions in which students on the SUD programme can subsequently implement their practices.

During their stay, these students receive distance tutorials from participating alumni using new technologies. We aim for long-term collaboration and engagement to ensure sustainable companies, mainly cooperatives, as an inclusive project.

  • Two- or three-week trip to the site. Consultancy work on site. Pinpointing work opportunities for students, analysis of potential and activities to improve future organisation.
  • Distance tutoring for students who travel out subsequently.
  • Involvement for at least two years on project follow-up. Twice-monthly Skype meetings to monitor evolution and give advice on how to achieve goals.

- We are looking for alumni with experience in their own company, start-up, family firm or enterprise.
- With experience in developing countries and used to travelling
- People with a sense of social responsibility, awareness, empathy and commitment.
- People able to solve problems at work, versatile, multidisciplinary and decisive.
- Flexible and adaptable.

Available projects

Since 2012 CCAIJO has been helping rural communities in the Ocongate district of Cuzco, Peru with milk production (more than 500 families) and improving their dairy product processing businesses. The collaboration will focus on:

 

- Improving cost control systems to enable better and fairer pricing and transfers between the groups involved.

- Standardisation of manufacturing processes in family factories and the cheese ripening room.

- Design and development of marketing strategy involving all partners.

- Help with planning the development of the milk production chain in the Ocongate district.

- Improving the business management skills of the CCAIJO teams of technicians involved in business and production social ventures.

APPROCAP was created in 2003 in the Piura region of northern Peru to improve cocoa production processes. In the last five years, CIPCA has helped the association improve their ecological farming practices, achieving a 300% increase in the production of dry cocoa beans per hectare. The collaboration will focus on:

- Incorporating business management methods to ensure the organisation is run effectively and sustainably.

- Improving the organisation’s production and marketing by enhancing the quality of its products and expanding its markets.

- Having a technical and academic framework that provides conceptual support for the venture’s hands-on experience.

An SRL company based in Mizque, Cochabamba, Bolivia which will receive aid from Intermón Oxfam and has a lot of potential to help small peanut producers increase their sales and ensure steady income. The company has a regular customer in Germany which guarantees volume. The main problem is cash flow due to production times and reliance on intermediaries. The collaboration will focus on:

- Helping define the 2018 cash flow, particularly during the peanut buying and selling period from April to July.

- Diagnosing the internal management (currently very amateur) and suggesting improvements. The manager is a one-man band. He needs help in organising processes and delegating.

- Defining a new sales policy including a consumer goods retail channel.

This programme was created in 2014 to foster the development of SMEs in developing countries. The focal point of the program is rural companies at the start-up phase with the potential to make a big impact in combating the poverty of small rural producers. The collaboration will focus on:

- Providing knowledge in the form of strategies to increase the customer portfolio.

- Helping improve the organisation to ensure more effective management control

- Helping pinpoint synergies and drawing up an action plan between the different associations of soybean producers.

The Suyusama Foundation is a self-managed savings and credit initiative launched in 2012 that enables groups of rural people to save money and take out small loans from their pooled savings, with the goal of:

- Creating bonds of solidarity and neighbourliness in rural communities.
- Fostering a culture of saving and promoting saving as a means of improving living conditions for rural families. 
- Building a system based on solidarity and community as an alternative means of accessing microcredits.
- Generating alternative ways of financing needs and business ventures that are rooted in the families and the communities themselves.
- Promoting the solidarity economy as a mechanism for rural development. General and financial strategy of a fruit and vegetable company

Consultants on the Together project study the design of sustainable business models that are relevant to the environment and the socioeconomic and cultural dynamics of rural and indigenous families with the objective of creating a solidarity-based business model that strengthens local economies and enhances local capacities and opportunities. They also conduct an analysis to determine what savings and credit mechanism is most consistent with the situation.

In 2007, with the help of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), the Family Service Centre opened in Bañado Sur (Asunción) to support the neighbourhood’s 25,000 residents living in poverty or extreme poverty. Cateura was founded in 2018 with the aim of marketing crafts made by the women of Bañado Sur from recycled materials, most of which are sourced from the nearby municipal dump. 

The collaboration will focus on the following: 
•    Helping women acquire the necessary skills and business knowledge to carry out their activity, thereby achieving financial independence and empowerment. 
•    Defining a suitable product, supply chain and marketing strategy. 
•    Supporting the identification of synergies and collaborations with other stakeholders in the sector (designers, fairs, etc.). 

Madre Tierra is a limited liability company owned by two associations of small-scale farmers. It sells frozen pulp and other derivatives of açaí and cupuaçu, native organic tropical fruits that are in high demand on the market. Madre Tierra is a mature company with the potential to provide a sustainable livelihood for 300 farming families. Its business model is 100% environmentally sustainable. The farmers use agroforestry systems designed to combat deforestation and dependence on logging in the region. 

- The company has well-defined social and environmental objectives. However, accessing logistical services that would allow the products to be shipped at a reasonable cost remains a substantial challenge.

- The programme will focus on increasing sales of exotic fruit pulp (açaí and cupuaçu). 

Since 2018, the entrepreneur María Rosa Chuquima has been working to promote inclusion in each link of the value chain. Along with her husband, this ambitious agronomist founded El Huerto after detecting an unmet demand for seeds and seedlings for vegetable production in the Bolivian Andes. The organisation aims to offer products of higher quality than those currently found on the market (both imported and contraband).

- The joint programme with Oxfam will focus on professionalising the company, developing a specific strategy to work with the most vulnerable vegetable growers, and involving women as employees and collaborators.

- Improving the horticulture and seed industry’s technical capacities in terms of production, marketing and internal finances.

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Together

ESADE Alumni Giving-Back and ESADE SUD have joined forces in several projects in developing countries designed to generate productive activities