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Ciudad Saludable (healty City) is a NGO that develops micro-enterprises focusing on waste management in Lima. Founded by Albina Ruiz, Ciudad Saludable encourages and helps “recicladores” to organize themselves and create their micro-organisation. It has created 150 new jobs and Albina Ruiz pays a special attention to the self-estime and the dignity of the workers. Beside the trainings they give to the micro-entrepreneurs, Ciudad Saludable offers a technical and legal support and they developed an innovative microfinance system to finance the creation of micro-enterprises. After a successful experience in Peru, Albina is currently thinking how she could replicate her model in other countries such as India.

For more info, read Ciudad Saludable’s profile

Fair Street - Ciudad Saludable from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.

CRECER (Credito Con Educacion Rural) is a microfinance institution based in La Paz, Bolivia that focuses its activities on the development of rural communities in Bolivia. Using the “Village Banking” model, CRECER offers financial services combined with education programs to the most destitute Bolivian women. Changing the lives of more than 97,000 families, CRECER aims to build a financial network that the people at the base of the pyramid can access.

For more info, read the CRECER profile

Fair Street - Crecer from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.

Coronilla is a company based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, that produces gluten-free pastas and snacks. Coronilla’s objective is to have a positive impact on all the actors of its value chain. Therefore it buys its raw materials at a fair price to local suppliers, its workforce is composed of 75% of women with 10% with  of the employees that are disabled and it offers optimal working conditions. Discover the interview of Martha Wille, the entrepreneur that insufflated her social fibre to Coronilla.

For more information, read Coronilla’s profile

Fair Street - Coronilla from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.

Fair Street highlights the role of finance in the development of social enterprises.

If there has been social entrepreneurs for a long time, their development and their influence has strongly increased in the last three decades. Among other things, this happened thanks to the work of several organisations which, convinced of the potential of these extraordinary individuals, support them to increase their impact and spread their innovations.

Ashoka was the first and is today the largest organisation supporting social entrepreneurs.

Ashoka is a non-profit organisation that aims at structuring and developing social entrepreneurship at the global level. It was founded in 1980 in India by Bill Drayton who was persuaded that the economy needs the dynamism and the innovations of social entrepreneurs in its long term development.

Bill Drayton famously commented that “our job is not to give people fish, it’s not to teach them how to fish, it’s to build new and better fishing industries.”

Guillerma Lazzaro, Ashoka’s director for the Cono Sur region (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) received Fair Street in Buenos Aires to explain us in details the vision of Ashoka and the main challenges that social entrepreneurs will have to face in the coming years.

Fair Street - Ashoka Cono Sur from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.

Headquartered in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Sobre La Roca was founded 12 years ago by Ruth Saavedra to produce and sell solar cookers to farmers living in rural areas. Using solar energy to cook favours the protection of the environment by reducing C02 emissions and deforestation. The ease of use of the solar cooker also allows women to save a lot of time that they can then allocate to productive activities.

For more information, read Sobre la Roca’s profil

Fair Street - Sobre la Roca from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.

Because travelling can be a great source of inspiration, Fair Street wants to introduce the TOMS shoes initiative. Although we have not had the opportunity to meet them, being headquartered in the US, we find their model fantastic. 

In 2006, during a trip in Argentina, Blake Mycoskie, now aged 32, is struck by the number of children walking and running bearfoot. As in rural areas, walking is the main transportation mean, putting on nothing on their feet provokes numerous healings, infections and diseases.  

To cope with this problematic and inspired by the Alpagartas (popular slip-on that Argentine workers have been putting on for more than 100 years), Blake Mycoskie creates the TOMS shoes company that produces fashionable and comfortable slip-ons. TOMS Shoes’ real innovation stands in the « one for one » model on which the company works: for each customer that buys a pair, they offer a pair to destitute children in the world. 

The company has met tremendous success. Three years after his creation, TOMS Shoes has already provided families and more particularly children with more than 140 000 pairs of shoes in South America and Africa. At the end of this year, their ambition is to reach the total number of 300 000 offered pairs. 

Currently, the TOMS Shoes are available in the US, in Canada, in the UK and in Sweden. 

Before they expand to other markets, discover the presentation below:

TOMS Shoe Drop in Argentina from SJ Yeom on Vimeo.

Through the use of his CEGIN clinics and his SER system, Doctor Gronda aims at providing quality healthcare to the people at the base of the pyramid. By treating over 40 000 patients, CEGIN contributes to the development of the most marginalized communities of the Jujuy Province in Argentina. As labor force is the main working tool of the farmers in rural regions, access to healthcare constitutes the basis of economic and social development.

For more information, read CEGIN’s profile

Fair Street - CEGIN from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.

ETV: Water at the source of social change; the video of our second report…

Fair Street - ETV from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.

The first company that we presented aimed at solving the problem of waste management in big cities such as Buenos Aires. Recycling programs, renewable energy developments, and other initiatives promoted by Fair Street will share this interest in environmental issues.

World Environment Day on June 5th will recognize the major challenge facing our planet. In this context, photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand will mark the day by releasing his new film HOME, which aims at making us all aware of this issue by showing what is left of our planet and why it is necessary to preserve it.

Home will be freely available on the Internet from June 5th. Watch the trailer!


“In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it is too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth’s riches and change its patterns of consumption.”


HOME - A film by Yann Arthus Bertrand from CoolPlanet 2009 on Vimeo.

Etilplast, a cartonero’s adventure, now the movie:


Fair Street - Etilplast from Angalio Productions on Vimeo.