Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Latin AmericaTestimonialAssociation Our Godchildren of Guatemala (ANA de G) (Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala)

The Emerald Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Latin America

ISBN: 978-1-80071-956-9, eISBN: 978-1-80071-955-2

Publication date: 23 June 2022


de Montenegro, T.o.V.R. (2022), "Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Latin AmericaTestimonialAssociation Our Godchildren of Guatemala (ANA de G) (Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala)", Montiel Méndez, O.J. and Alvarado, A.A. (Ed.) The Emerald Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Latin America, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 1-2.



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For 30 years, ANA de G has had the vision of addressing basic needs based on education as a long-term solution against poverty. The Mother's Club is a strategic program because it supports socially disadvantaged Guatemalan women by empowering them in different areas of their lives since most of them have single-parent families and are illiterate. Empowerment has been achieved by building dynamic capacities to eradicate circles of domestic violence and to get out of the conditions of poverty or extreme poverty in which they live.

In addition, entrepreneurship has been the key mechanism for them to overcome their situation of vulnerability and sustainably generate income through their own business or a microenterprise, whose activity ranges from production to the commercialization of local products, goods, or services. This is accompanied by participation in self-help groups and ongoing training. A very important challenge to overcome is the prevailing machismo in the territory. For this reason, recently, the Parents' Club initiative began with complementary and entrepreneurial activities to reinforce gender equality and respect for the human rights of their wives, daughters, and sons. This group is made up of unemployed parents, with some disability or illness, and the elderly.

This model of empowerment through entrepreneurship with education has multidimensional benefits both at the personal level of women and at the collective level of the communities where they live. ANA de G's support is comprehensive, and practically the 200 people in these programs have stated that their lives have changed because their microbusiness (entrepreneurship) allows them to feel their usefulness, self-worth, and productiveness; in addition, it awakens solidarity between them to move forward as a community. These programs have made it possible to advance on a culture of “achievement” to leave welfare assistance and motivate them to change the negative and become productive mothers, innovators, and agents of change with their economic income.

The process begins with literacy and training in trade workshops (education), and with a collaborative approach, they also dignify their homes. I believe that ANA de G processes should be strengthened through social reinvention and innovation to achieve sustainable community and local development ventures, which would allow achieving mobilization, relocation, and multimedia with sustained governance framed in the different realities, values​​, and own needs as a starting point.

Section I Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Chapter 1 Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Latin America: The Time has Come
Chapter 2 The Historical Institutional Context in Latin America in the Promotion of the Creativity Process of Entrepreneurship
Chapter 3 The Orange Economy, Entrepreneurs, and the Future: The Role of Culture and Creativity in the Economic Recovery
Chapter 4 Organizational Creativity Process: Experiences in Latin America
Chapter 5 The Institutional Change of Intellectual Property Commercialization
Chapter 6 Media Labs: Catalyzing Experimental, Structural, Learning, and Process Innovation
Section II Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Chapter 7 Innovation in Latin America: An Eternal Recurrence?
Chapter 8 Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Latin American Thought
Chapter 9 Transforming Innovation Systems for Sustainable Development Challenges: A Latin American Perspective
Chapter 10 University Knowledge Transfer to Its Environment and STI Policies
Chapter 11 Capabilities, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Startups in Latin America
Chapter 12 Social Innovation in Latin America: Debate and Experiences
Chapter 13 Start-Ups, Gender Disparities, and the Fintech Revolution in Latin America
Chapter 14 Entrepreneurship Dynamics in Latin America: The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Perspective
Section III The Past and Future of Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Chapter 15 A New Momentum for Entrepreneurship: Latin America's 4th Wave
Chapter 16 An Entrepreneurial Perspective of the Mesoamerican Civilizations: Implications for Latin America
Chapter 17 Research Priorities in Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Chapter 18 Social Entrepreneurship, a Forceful Social Fact: An Analysis of Studies From Latin America
Chapter 19 The Earlier Impact of COVID-19 on Entrepreneurship on Latin America: A Review and Research Agenda
Chapter 20 A Psychological Profile of the Latin American Entrepreneur
Chapter 21 The Potential of Biographical Studies of Latin American Entrepreneurs for Business, Economic History and Related Fields: The Cases of México and Colombia
Chapter 22 Entrepreneurial Migration Processes From and To Latin America: Opportunities and Obstacles
Chapter 23 A Theoretical Analysis of Entrepreneurship Education: Lessons from Mexico, Chile, and Colombia
Chapter 24 Political Corruption and Entrepreneurship in Latin America: An Understanding of Their Interactions and the Suitability of Regional Solution Proposals
Chapter 25 The Tourism Chain and Entrepreneurship in South America: An Overview
Chapter 26 Analysing Successions in Family Business History: Theory and Method
Chapter 27 Negotiation and Entrepreneurship from the Perspective of Economic Institutionalism: A Case for Latin America