2012 Prize winners

Teaching students the specific competencies they need to run profitable small businesses. FUNDACIÓN PARAGUAYA DE COOPERACIÓN Y DESARROLLO: Teaching students the specific competencies they need to run profitable small businesses.

The 2012 Nestlé CSV Prize was awarded to Fundación Paraguaya de Cooperación y Desarrollo for its ‘self-sufficient agricultural school’ project which ensures students receive technical and business training on top of their normal academic curriculum.

The 'self-sufficient school' initiative sets up micro-businesses based on the school premises that teach teenagers the skills employers need.

Each school, together with Fundación Paraguaya, creates a 'teaching and production' business plan to define which small enterprises it will set up. These micro-businesses range from agricultural technical assistance, milk production, farming, organic gardening, hotel services, bee keeping and chicken egg production.

Teachers also help the students to develop skills to run their own businesses.

Money generated from the enterprises enables the schools to be self-sufficient and cover their operating costs – such as salaries, administration and school maintenance – without the need for government funding.

The project has already reached more than 500 students in Paraguay. It was first established in 2003 at the Escuela Agrícola San Francisco. The school has been financially self-sufficient for more than five years.

Two other schools in the country are implementing the programme. The Nestlé CSV Prize funding will help to scale up the project with the funds being used to recreate the winning model in the Paraguayan city of San Pedro.

Watch the video: Prize winner: Fundación Paragaya de Desarrollo y Cooperación

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Teaching students the specific competencies they need to run profitable small businesses. ARCENCIEL: Agricultural engineers help farmers increase the quantity and quality of food production.

2012 Prize runners up

In addition to the overall winner, the CSV Advisory Board selected two runners up.

Runners up include arcenciel , a Lebanese non-profit organisation. The organisation helps farmers and small food-processing business owners to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the Lebanese agriculture throughout the value chain. The Wataneh project supports and promotes the production, marketing and consumption of a diversity of fresh and processed products produced in a sustainable way.

Watch the video: Prize runner-up: arcenciel

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Teaching students the specific competencies they need to run profitable small businesses. EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT: Since 2002, Excellent Development has supported the construction of 347 sand dams to capture rainwater in order to provide a year-round source of water close to people's homes.

Another runner up is Excellent Development , a non-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom. Excellent Development helps rural communities in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Uganda to gain access to clean water through the construction of sand dams. This is carried out through a community self-help approach alongside soil and water conservation activities and training in climate-smart agricultural techniques.

Watch the video: Prize runner-up: Excellent Development

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