Fighting Poverty Misconceptions in Peru


Mariana Costa


Vania Masias

D1 Dance Association

Isabel Medem

X-Runner Venture

Three Peruvian women social entrepreneurs discuss the misconceptions about poverty that they have faced and how understanding them has shaped the success of their initiatives: A dancing school for street kids, affordable sanitation for the urban poor, and a coding school for underprivileged women. Using their own stories and examples, Vania, Mariana and Isabel will discuss specific lessons from their social enterprises in Latin America, such as how the so-called “bottom of the pyramid” is not an untapped market but an untapped pool of human capital and commitment; the weight of short term vs long term thinking in addressing poverty; and how success in social entrepreneurship doesn’t necessarily imply scaling up quickly; among others.

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Intermediate