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Empretec Annual Report 2011 - Unctad XI

Empretec Annual Report 2011 - Unctad XI

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01Products and ServicesName of the Centre:CONQUITOName of the Director:Sergio of Inception:2010• Empretec entrepreneurial behaviourtraining• Technical and management assistancein the development of newbusiness projects or companies,advice on areas identified for thesuccessful consolidation of companies,business planning, marketing,finance, tax and legal aspects.• Infrastructure for entrepreneurs:desks including basic telephoneservice and internet access;reception and administrative securityfor the accommodation of socialentrepreneurs; spaces for commonactivities such as meeting rooms,classrooms, etc.• Monitoring and control: developmentof legal documents, accounting andfinance, production processes, qualitymanagement, sales and marketing,and contract compliance.• Website: network of contactsStaff Members:60Number of Entrepreneurs Trainedsince Inception:217EcuadorHighlights of 2010/2011025 ETWs and 2 Empretec NationalTrainersIn 2011, two new Empretec trainerswere trained and certified during thefirst four ETWs held between Januaryand February. A fifth ETW, fully handledby the two certified national trainers wasthen organized in March 2011.Linking buyers and sellersIn 2011, CONQUITO organized the“COMPRO – VENDO” workshop whichaims at connecting people to buildbusiness networks and allows themto offer their products and services.In addition, CONQUITO trainedrepresentatives of various sectorsof Ecuador’s society, for instanceAlbaluz Blind Foundation, CADECArtisan Community DevelopmentCorporation, COAGRO Foundation,and Pre-Crafts Association. On itswebsite, CONQUITO promotes productsand services and enables users tonetwork by providing business contact.36EMPRETEC ANNUAL REPORT 2011

03Success StoryM&S COMPU SOLUTION; ASO MUJERES LUMBISI;BALL THREEMaría José VicuñaEstablished in 2003ETW taken in 2010María runs four businesses in a small Ecuadorancommunity which are focused as much on the socialneeds of her neighbours as they are on turning a profit.M&S Compu Solution, founded in 2003, offers Internetaccess and a wide range ofinformation-technology services,including the sale and maintenanceof computers. It distinguishes itselffrom several competitors by stayingopen on Saturdays and Sundaysfrom 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by “treatingcustomers like family members,” andby offering services valuable to thecommunity. The firm’s sales doubled between 2008 and 2010.Aso mujeres Lumbisí is an organic farm wherevegetables and fruits are grown without chemicals orfertilizers in partnership with 26 local women, most ofwhom are over age 60 and some of whom are disabled.The work gives them a constructive role in the community,helps to re-establish their self-esteem, offers the sense ofworking in harmony with the environment,and provides income, depositedeach month in a savings bank,that serves them as financial securityin case of illness or other problems.“We improve their own and theirfamilies’ food security.” The prices forthe produce sold by the farm “are fairand we do not use intermediaries.”Ball Three is an enterprise based on two soccer fields whichare rented for use and on the sales of snacks and on the organizationof soccer tournaments. Because of a shortage ofpublic recreation space and limits on membership to localsports clubs, the firm is valuable for providing sports, socialcohesion, and family activities to the community. “I createa space to entertain people in a healthyway by doing sports or developing otherskills.” Ball Three’s sales figures tripledwithin one year. María also operatesCriader Artesanal de Cerdos, a pig farmwhere “the animals are very well bred andfed organically. We prepare marinades, sidedishes, and bake pork using a wood oven.”Overall, María’s revenues have increasedby 35 per cent over the past three years. She creditsEmpretec for teaching her “to accept my mistakes, to plan,and to organize myself and other people. It helped me toget a view of what was really important to me, and mycharacter improved.” Among María’s goals are to expand theproduction of the organic garden, build a warehouse tostore organic produce, rebuild the cybercafé, and expandthe pig farm from two breeding sows to fiveto ensure continuous production of meat.‘‘I learned to believe that everything ispossible as long as I search for informationand for the necessary advice, and as longas I set the goals I want to reach, not justletting myself be taken by the wind.’’EMPRETEC ANNUAL REPORT 2011 37

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