MIT D-Lab Promotes Rural Community Innovations in Guatemala with Soluciones Comunitarias

Published in MIT News on October 10, 2014, by Nancy Adams, D-Lab

On Oct. 1, the MIT D-Lab officially began work with Guatemalan social enterprise Soluciones Comunitarias (SolCom) to develop scalable, market-based, local community innovations intended to alleviate some of the causes of endemic poverty in rural areas of Guatemala where there is a strong indigenous presence.

"The cooperation between SolCom and D-Lab creates an opportunity for the people of Nebaj [Guatemala] to develop the kind of useful technologies and knowledge that can save time, reduce workload, and improve the welfare of families," comments Miguel Brito, SolCom’s president.

D-Lab begins collaboration with Guatemalan social enterprise Soluciones Comunitarias Over the course of 18 months, D-Lab will offer training in the Creative Capacity Building (CCB) methodology to local SolCom staff, who in turn will offer CCB workshops to community members, providing them with the tools and design strategies to generate low-cost technologies that address local needs. SolCom, through its network of community advisors, will then provide follow-up and support to local innovators to advance their projects, offering seed capital where needed to start production of the products. The most successful projects will ultimately be incorporated into SolCom's portfolio of products distributed through its MicroConsignment network...

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