Voices for Change
Invisible Beauty by Gabriela Judith
The IBMakers program arrives in Mexico, where three projects have already been selected to achieve their goals more solidly. We are referring to Idase, Yana and María Josefina Red de Emprendedoras To celebrate their incorporation we decided to speak to Gabriela Judith Félix Domínguez [G.J.], representative of one of the groups that participated the most in this last edition. She is a Beauty Advisor at our affiliate in Mexico.
For you invisible beauty is…
GABRIELA_ … the security of loving and accepting yourself with all your flaws and virtues. Humility and kindness.
What do you like best about the Puig Makers program?
GABRIELA_ The initiative in favor of social commitment. That social projects are given advice to improve on what they are already doing well.
For you, what are the most urgent issues that need to be solved in our world?
GABRIELA_ The ties to the land. The poor economic profitability of farming is generating a huge problem of migration from the countryside to the city. The vicious circle of isolation, aging, lack of services and job abandonment is provoking the destruction of productivity in the countryside. In this sense, such alienation and the lack of interest in the land mean that the opportunity for economic growth in the countryside is ignored by young people. It is mistakenly thought that it is not a profitable business owing to a lack of information about all the work options and many-sided opportunities offered by agricultural production.
What advice would you give the IBMakers?
GABRIELA_ That they should never stop creating new things, because this is the way to make an impact on the community they live in. They are people who have the ability to transform realities with their ideas and who always find opportunities to move on, even when dealing with bad situations.
An experience in your life.
GABRIELA_ I would like to share an experience that I had at university when I was doing my social service in Tabasco (Mexico). The project was intended to provide knowledge to farmers producing cocoa.
Los productores eran personas ya mayores, que pronto dejarían de ejercer el trabajo, por lo que la solución era que el relieve fuesen los jóvenes de la comunidad. Pero cuando se les preguntaba a la gente joven dónde quería trabajar, la respuesta era PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos); dejando así descuidadas otras áreas laborales.
Nuestra labor fue reforzar experiencias buenas que permitiesen ayudar a fomentar su desarrollo emocional y educacional, apoyando el fortalecimiento de la actividad económica de su comunidad, sin descuidar la importancia cultural que esto implica. Un beneficio no sólo para ellos, sino para toda su comunidad. Y la verdad, es que tuvimos excelentes resultados. Poco a poco se entendió que el emprendimiento social es clave para mejorar nuestro mundo.