Twenty women from the Copiapó Province in Chile have inaugurated the test phase of a new social innovation online business academy for women in Chile itself and Peru. The academy was created through a partnership between Freeport-McMoRan and the Thunderbird School of Global Business Management. The program is called DreamBuilder: The Women's Business Creator and is currently being piloted in communities surrounding the Freeport-McMoRan's mining operations in South America; Cerro Verde in Peru and Candelaria/ Ojos del Salado and El Abra in Chile. Richard C. Adkerson, President and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., says, "Empowering women through education provides opportunities for them to live more productive lives, which would enable the development of healthier, more sustainable communities."
This is a unique multi-levelled business skills training and certification program that helps women build their dream of starting or growing their own business. Using social innovation web based technologies; all the instruction, tools and resources are delivered through an online learning format to provide women with business knowledge and training. It is a cloud-based and designed specifically to support women entrepreneurs in Chile and Peru. Maria Veronica Bondi Etcheberry program participant says, "My dream always has been to have my own business to be an independent and self-reliant woman, to be able to support my children and have my own resources. Thanks to this school, I will have the opportunity to learn and manage my business, and better yet, to be my own boss."
Sangeeta Haindl is a staff writer for Justmeans on Social Enterprise. When not writing for Justmeans, Sangeeta wears her other hat as a PR professional. Over the years, she has worked with high-profile organizations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from her industry. She now runs her own UK consultancy: Serendipity PR & Media.
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KEYWORDS: social innovation, Online Business Academy, women, Chile, Peru, csr, sustainability