We believe traditional entrepreneurs are the fundamental building block for Latin America’s long-term stability and prosperity.

 

But we are also pragmatic enough to know that they need to transform their perspective, practices, and tools to stay relevant and become more resilient.

 

That’s why we offer them practical on-the-ground expertise, a strong network of corporate and government partners, and a range of innovative technology solutions to help them succeed in today’s rapidly changing markets.

OUR STORY

A journey of spirit, cooperation,
and change.

FUNDES was founded in 1984 in response to a devastating wave of unemployment that hit the continent. Our founder, Stephan Schmidheiny was convinced that traditional entrepreneurs could be the best development opportunity for Latin America, and he was determined to be part of the answer.

He created an organization that gave micro-entrepreneurs access to credit to create jobs and contribute to growth. Gradually, FUNDES moved away from its original activity of financial support to focus on innovative ways to help micro and small businesses reach their full potential as changemakers.

We have built large-scale development programs around small businesses with corporations, foundations, governments, and international organizations.

After nearly 40 years, the same conviction still drives in 1984 in response to a devastating wave of unemployment spirit and celebrate the courage and passion it takes to build a small business here in Latin America.

OUR PURPOSE

We empower, digitize, and nurture small business owners from the traditional economy. Our solutions unlock their potential as changemakers for their community, their habitat, and all those who depend on them.

OUR FOOTPRINT

Countries with active projects: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brasil, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay.

Hubs: Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru.

We are represented in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

OUR FOOTPRINT

Countries with active projects: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brasil, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay.

Hubs: Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru.

We are represented in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Our impact

More than 35 years speaking the language of MSMEs

+

multinational companies

+

governments,
development agencies
and foundations
in the region

+

million MSME´s
brought together

presence in
17 Latin American
countries

Impact 2021

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS

MSME´s

entrepeneurs

%

women

%

men

Our team

“The passion in our team’s DNA is to change lives. We are a group of people of different nationalities and disciplines who are committed to making a change by developing projects and solutions that promote and empower small businesses in the traditional economy.”

Elfid Torres

CEO

Consulting

Alejandra Roldán

Consultancy Leader

Cielo Velandia

Head of Consultancy Venezuela

Ernesto Madrid

Scouting & Contact Center

Fiorella Blanco

Consultancy Director

Leslie Claros

Head of Consultancy Bolivia

Mauricio Ramírez

Consultancy Manager

Michelle Mejía

Scouting & Contact Center

Rebecca Lewis

Consultancy Coordinator

Sury Chavarría

Data Analyst

Yadira Kawasaki

Consultancy Manager

Catalyst

Corentin Larue

Catalyst Director

Guillermo Castells

Head of Enko

Isabella Brandes

Fundraising Analyst

Jorge Martínez

Service Designer

Maxime Braun

Venture Building Manager

Ricardo Vaca

CEO of Merkomuna

Projects

Alejandro Viana

Project Analyst

Alexandra Castillo

Project Coordinator

Anwar Suaréz

Project Manager

Dulce Hernández

Project Coordinator

José Rafael Trejos

Project Coordinator

José Riley

Project Coordinator

Juan Pablo Rodríguez

Project Leader

Leonardo Suárez

Project Manager

Mara Chuco

Project Analyst

María Janeth Romero

Project Manager

Randolph Salazar

Project Manager

Talent Acquisition & Marketing

Andrea Jiménez

Talent Acquisition Analyst

Priscilla Jiménez

Talent Acquisition Director

Marketing

Alfredo Arias

Marketing Analyst

María Fernanda Goñi

Marketing Manager

IT

Adolfo Oconitrillo

Technical Support Analyst

Carlos Lezcano

Programmer Analyst

Emmanuel Saborío

IT Manager

Administration & Finances

Angie Bolaños

Accounting Leader

Catalina Pacheco

Administration & Finances Director

Cynthia Roldán

Treasury Analyst

Grettel Solís

Accounting Analyst

Javier Arias

Accounting Analyst

Kattia Vega

Treasury Manager

Luis Vega

Maintenance

Nayelli Hernández

Accounting Coordinator

Priscila Cabrera

Legal Analyst

Shakti Chacón

Administrative Accounting Assistant

Vanessa Rivera

Accounting Analyst

Wilson Cubillos

Administrative Analyst

Our board of directors

Richard Aitkenhead

Richard has a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served as Minister of Economy and Finance in Guatemala (actively involved in the country’s Peace Agreements), Director of INCAE Business School, and is currently President of IDC Group.

Ulrich Frei

Ulrich holds a Master's degree in Pharmacy from Ecole Suisse de Droguerie and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has extensive management experience in various industries and has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. From 2008 to 2013, he was CEO of FUNDES, and is now a permanent member of the Board of Directors.

Andreas Eggenberg

Andreas has extensive experience in global organizations working for sustainable business. He is currently Chairman of Masisa and Ingenio Magdalena S.A.; and a member of the Board of Directors of Solarcentury, VIVA Trust, the Presidential Advisory Council of INCAE Business School, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and VIVA Idea and Fundación Avina.

Gabriela Víquez

Gabriela holds an MBA from the Universidad de Costa Rica, and is experienced in mergers and acquisitions and international corporate structuring. She was Commercial Manager of Banca Premier at Banco Nacional de Costa Rica and Sales Manager of the Equity Market and International Markets at Bolsa BN Valores. Currently she us Corporate Director of Business Development and Managing Director of Cuestamoras.

Jenny Everett

Jenny holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Davidson College and has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, impact investing, non-profit management, and philanthropy. She was the Managing Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) for 12 years, where she led the international team. She is also on the Board of Villgro USA and is part of Social Venture Partners Austin and Impact Austin.

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