2012 Prize winner: Schools set up by Fundación Paraguaya give high school students in rural communities the entrepreneurial and practical skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty.
The 2012 Nestlé CSV Prize was awarded to Fundación Paraguaya for its ‘self-sufficient agricultural school’ model.
These schools, set up by Fundación Paraguaya in poor rural areas of Paraguay, give students a platform to develop the entrepreneurial and practical skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty. The ‘self-sufficient school’ initiative implements on-campus micro-businesses, such chicken egg production and dairy plan, that teach teenagers the skills they need to find a job or set up their own businesses.
Money generated from the enterprises enables the schools to be self-sufficient and cover their operating costs without the need for government funding.
Nestlé awarded Fundación Paraguaya CHF
300,000 in funding to scale-up the model and open a new school in San Pedro, one of the poorest departments of Paraguay. The school was inaugurated in October 2013.
Around 450 students are currently enrolled in the three other schools that have been set up as part of the programme, and the initiative has reached more than 700 young people in Paraguay since 2003.
In addition to the overall winner, the CSV Advisory Board selected two runners up:
arcenciel is a Lebanese non-profit organisation that helps farmers and small food-processing business owners improve the sustainability and competitiveness of Lebanese agriculture throughout the value chain.
Excellent Development is a non-profit organisation that helps rural communities in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Uganda 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.