Fundación Avanzar seeks to align itself with the mission pursued by UN Women, which is to promote gender equality and empower women in order to accelerate progress toward
improving the conditions of their lives. Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth.
To this end, Fundación Avanzar has implemented a numbers of initiatives which support Social Economy Enterprises formed by women, also called "Female Economy Enterprises", concentrating on the aspects in which they have most room for improvement: Training within their particular areas of work, on the one hand, and handling business models, on the other hand – both of which are fundamental to increasing the leadership and successful participation of women within the family economy.
For example, Avanzar has joined forces with the Universidad del Azuay (UDA) and designed a 6-module course (of 1 month each) on "How to Run My Own Microenterprise". The content of each module was developed to meet the special needs of adult students with low education levels. As mentors, the students of the UDA play an important role, visiting our course participants in their firms and working with them on their very own challenges and needs.
Avanzar offers the female participants support in a number of different formats such as chats, coaching sessions, and mentoring. In addition to university courses, online tools like Zoom or Facebook Live have proven to be extremely valuable means of communication.