The first call for the Vidanta Foundation Prize has had a wide impact: 261 presentations were received from all countries of Latin America, U.S., Spain and much of the Caribbean.
On the 11th and 12th of August 2010, at Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit State, Mexico. the Jury, composed of Billie Miller (Barbados), Julio María Sanguinetti (Uruguay), Carmelo Angulo (Spain), Luis Osvaldo Maira Aguirre (Chile) and Ernesto Zedillo (Mexico), selected the winning and finalists candidates.
First Place: Fundación Mundo Mujer
Fundación Mundo Mujer is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Plan for Microenterprise Development, the Women's World Banking, the Colombian Association of Institutions Affiliated to Women's World Banking and Microfinance Network Redevelopment and RMF MIF. It aims to improve the quality of life of poor working women and their families, through easy and timely access to credit and other services, seeking employment generation and increasing assets and revenue for our clients.
The organization is an agent of change that improves the socio-economic conditions of the communities they work with, creating through credit culture of commitment and progress. At present, the contribution focuses on the provision of credit services to women and men in adverse socioeconomic conditions where formal banking does not respond by the characteristics of informality of their business.
More information: http://www.fmm.org.co/
Second Place: Un Techo para Mi País.
Un Techo para Mi País is a real estate management social organization that began in 1997 in Chile to address the housing situation of marginalized populations. Its main objective is to improve the quality of life for families living in poverty through emergency housing and enabling implementation of social plans, in a joint effort between young university volunteers and these communities. Currently has a presence in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 70.000 emergency housing built, a total of 250.000 young volunteers mobilized under a single commitment: to transform the reality of thousands of families in poverty.
More information: http://www.untechoparachile.cl/
Third Place: Comunidades de la Tierra.
Since 2004 Comunidades de la Tierra is dedicated to business development, rural business incubation, development and creation of community groups, mainly women, in low-income communities to transform them into successful entrepreneurs with access to the market. Its mission is To create sustainable businesses in rural Communities of the Earth that generate local sources of income, value ancestral cultures and recover ecosystems. They have helped over 1,500 people and they are supported by the Dutch government, the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank.
More information: http://www.comunidadesdelatierra.org/
The Jury also nomintated as finalist:
- CE-MUJER, República Dominicana
- Corporación Vallenpaz, Colombia
- Desarrollo Autogestionario, AC, México
- Programa de Voluntariado Internacional Juvenil, Costa Rica
The Ceremony of Awards
The ceremony of Awards was held on October 14, 2010 in the Auditorium of National Museum of Antropology in Mexico City.