Female entrepreneurs help female farmers in Latin America

Tatiana Calderon has been headed in the right direction since January 2015.

A month after Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced that 11 “entrepreneurs” in 11 states were chosen as his preferred nominees, Calderon got her call. She was one of them and would receive a grant, equivalent to more than $4,000, through the Desarrollo de Salud Mérida Fund, a public foundation funded by the Mexican government.

“We spoke about a career of business and how we believed in the possibilities of the future,” Calderon said of her conversation with the president, who called her “a champion for health.”

That grant of up to $26,000 soon turned into an opportunity for Calderon. She raised more than $70,000 from various national and local foundations to make herself competitive to apply for a joint World Bank/EDF/USGBC grant of up to $40,000. She did and was among 11 women who received an award worth $27,000. Calderon’s competitive bid was among the highest, earned based on a competency and commercial plan to be developed based on estimates of the amount of time she will be away from her family.

She was also among the first five women who joined the new Grupo Leche in September 2015. The Leche Club Teotihuacan coordinates meetings and facilitates engagements with feminist groups and other organizations with a cause, and has chapters around the world.

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