Capacity building and technical training for local youth

Project name:

Capacity building and technical training for local youth

Project location: 

Panama

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building

Within the framework of the AES Colón project, the AES team implemented the “Preparandome con Energia” program to develop technical skills, improve the living conditions and increase access to better opportunities for local youth.

To acheive these goals, the team signed an agreement with the Technological University of Panama, Colón regional office, and developed four training modules in mechanics, electricity, welding and instrumentation and control. Each module lasts approximately three months with hands-on-learning classes provided three times per week.

To support the participation and commitment of the students, AES Colón granted scholarships to cover mobilization expenses to the University and provided training on AES values and working safely.

Impact:

More than 120 young students from the province of Colón

Partners:

Technological University, Colón regional office

Strengthening innovative entrepreneurship in the Dominican Republic

Project name:

Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship

Project location: 

Dominican Republic

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

The AES Dominicana Foundation and The Trust for the Americas, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), have partnered for the “Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship” program to promote and incentivize local entrepreneurship in the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, Quisqueya, Bancos de Arena and la Malena in the Dominican Republic.

More than 150 entrepreneurs spent two months training and studying the Canvas Business Model and acquired tools to strengthen their business concepts. The project includes an entrepreneurial fair where participants compete for funds by presenting their business plan for the development or expansion of their business. The plans are evaluated by a panel of judges on various criteria, including financial viability, sustainability, creativity, innovation, and coherence of their business model.

By increasing entrepreneurial skills within the people of the region, the project will contribute to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the local communities.

Impact:

200+ participants 

Partners:

The Trust for the Americas, Fundacion AES Dominicana, local chambers of commerce, and the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, and Quisqueya

Sustainable and specialty coffee and cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project name:

Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project location: 

Colombia 

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

Colombia is the largest producer of mild coffee and one of the few countries that produces fine cocoa worldwide. The Esmeralda Reservoir located in the Tenza Valley is surrounded by optimal areas for coffee and cocoa crops that historically have not been used properly, and whose potential had been unrealized.  

The Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa programs develops high quality and high value products through sustainable agroforestry systems while simultaneously promoting the conservation of biodiversity, the protection of water resources and the strengthening of social structures to support new generations in the region. 

By partnering and sharing knowledge with coffee and cocoa producers, AES Colombia is empowering local producers and improving community knowledge, skills, attitude, and motivation for the management of crops.  

Impact

More than 102 coffee producing families and 43 cocoa producers have benefited

About 10,000 coffee seedlings were planted for renewing the coffee plantations in the municipalities of Garagoa and Sutantenza.   

Partners:

AES Colombia formed a strategic alliance with the Colombian NGO SELVA and 9 trade associations in a joint effort with the municipal mayors and government departments of Macanal, Garagoa, Almeida, Somondoco and Guayatá, the environmental corporation – Corpochivor, the national federations of coffee and cocoa growers and the Colombian National Institution for Technical Learning – SENA, Agrosavia and Corpoica among others.  

Through the development of centralized processes and the improvement of the quality of the grain, the project aims to develop specialty coffee and cocoa to conquer specialized market niches and increase profitability. With better market prices, producers can afford the costs of managing their crops, receive a wage payment and still obtain profits for other needs. Additionally, a mechanism of adaptation to climate change, was used for both programs to ensure better income in the long-term for the local coffee and cocoa farming families as well as more sustainable productive chains over time. 

DP&L Foundation Power Grants

Project name:

DP&L Foundation Power Grants 

Project location: 

Ohio, US  

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

Power Grants are strategic investments aimed at local partner organizations supporting new or continued innovative growth initiatives that will make a long-lasting impact on the people and communities in the Dayton Region. Collectively, these projects are transforming the landscape of the Miami Valley region, attracting businesses, fueling growth, and improving the quality of life for our families and neighbors. 

Impact:

Over the past seven years, The DP&L Foundation has awarded 79 Power Grants and one Community Power Grant totaling nearly $6.3 million to DP&L’s community partner organizations  

Partners:

AES employee volunteers and around 100 partner organizations including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
  • Clothes That Work
  • Crayons to Classrooms
  • Culture Works, Daybreak
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
  • Development Research Corporation
  • Friends of Levitt Dayton
  • Gem City Market
  • Goodwill Easter Seals of the Miami Valley
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton
  • K-12 Gallery and TEJAS
  • Murphy Theatre Company
  • The Muse Machine
  • Omega Hope Center for Families
  • Rebuilding Together Dayton
  • Sinclair Community College Foundation
  • Think TV
  • United Way of Greater Dayton
  • University of Dayton
  • Dayton Live
  • Wright State University Foundation
  • WYSO Public Radio
  • YWCA of Dayton 

Strengthening innovative entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico

Project name:

Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico 

Project location: 

Puerto Rico 

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

AES Puerto Rico and The Trust for the Americas implemented a program to train and strengthen the business skills of entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs to develop or expand their small businesses. This project is being implemented in alliance with the Trust for the Americas, an organization affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). As part of the program participants receive forty hours of face-to-face training in entrepreneurial skills and virtual monitoring in their business model. A committee composed of five members evaluate aspects such as social impact, number of beneficiaries, commitment, employment opportunities and innovation, among others to select the winning projects and receive funding. Some of the projects under development are hydroponics, sewing, gastronomy, sports training, product marketing, event logistics, among others.

Impact:

50 participants over two years 

Partners:

The Trust for the Americas, Accion Social 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this active network of entrepreneurs and mentors have repurposed the existing communication channels to exchange information, ideas and participate in virtual webinars to manage their small businesses in times of crisis, and to learn tools for shifting to e-commerce and operating via social media.