Community Investment: Education and Skills Training in Zamora ChinchipeA partnership with the Ministry of Education and the local government of Los Encuentros parish near the FDN project resulted in the renovation and development of 17 educational centres, benefiting 800 children and youth. The initiative aims to increase access to education by giving children an opportunity to learn the formal skills they need to enter technical and industrial mining training programs.
Two additional initiatives have been developed to support capacity building for adults. The first, in partnership with Junior Achievement, provided entrepreneurial skills training to 60 people to develop businesses in Los Encuentros. Seed capital was awarded to assist four graduates in their new enterprises. The second program was developed with O Trade and Market Access, a firm that helps companies build local capacity. Through their Local Community Procurement Program, 20 people successfully completed a business development pilot program, where they learned the skills to become competitive suppliers in their local economies. Nine of the 20 participants formed small businesses, and all nine are food suppliers to FDN.