Newly trained graduates of Chakipi Colombia celebrating before they get to work

#OnAssignment in Colombia

Our creative director, Max Orenstein, recently went to Quindío, Colombia, where he met some of the regional entrepreneurs we’re proud to work with at the Clinton Foundation through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.

Keep reading for a behind-the-scenes look at how we turn ideas into action for stronger communities that empower girls, women, and families.

Top Left: Max Orenstein #OnAssignment in Colombia; Top Right: Max hits the road to meet with new entrepreneurs from Chakipi Colombia; Bottom Left: Quindío, Colombia; Bottom Right: Rubén Dario Arias Arroyave, warehouse manager at Chakipi Colombia

Graduation day for emerging entrepreneurs

One of the highlights of the trip was the graduation of Chakipi entrepreneurs. Graduates are trained and equipped to sell essential products like soap and nutritious food, bringing important goods to communities in need while creating local jobs.

Empowering women who give back

Chakipi empowers women to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Below are three people Max met in his travels through Colombia.

Chakipi graduate Mayerlis Angarita Robles

Mayerlis Angarita Robles, from San Juan, Bolívar delivered chilling remarks at graduation that highlights the impact of Chakipi. She said, “The violence hasn’t killed us here, but the indifference has. Chakipi believes in women and isn’t indifferent to the opportunities and the needs of the women.”

Melva Oliva Ramírez in her home after graduating from Chakipi Colombia’s training program

Melva Oliva Ramírez from Montenegro, Quindío is a Chakipi program leader who graduated from the training program and oversees several entrepreneurs. Max shared: “Though she has endured tremendous difficulties in her life, her story speaks volumes to the significant impact and potential of the Clinton Foundation program.”

Sandra Lorena Guzmán Seferino, Chakipi program leader in Circasia, Quindío

Sandra Lorena Guzmán Seferino is a Chakipi program leader in Quindío. Having a disability can make getting around the mountainous region challenging, but that doesn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of starting her own Arequipe (a Colombian dulce de leche) business.

These women and all of the Chakipi graduates are inspirational reminders of the Clinton Foundation’s impact to help people around the world build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.