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ESADE Alumni working with Bolivian farmers in the ESADE SUD Together project

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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.

Together

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

Contact

If you have any questions or would like more information, call us and ask for Carlota Castro or Isabel Rallo.

Madrid
91 252 68 45 Carlota Castro
esadealumni.madrid@esade.edu

Barcelona
93 553 02 17 Isabel Rallo
alumni.social@esade.edu