During a trip to El Salvador and Peru, Mr. Carlos Slim, former US President Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra visited local communities where the Carlos Slim Foundation, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton-Giustra-Slim Enterprise Partnership develop important health and employment initiatives, benefitting vulnerable populations.
Aid provided and achievements
In El Salvador the results of the “Access to Jobs Program” (AOL according to its Spanish acronym) were reviewed. The Clinton-Giustra-Slim Enterprise Partnership supports the initiative. Achievements made during the second phase of the Meso-American Health Initiative 2015 were also monitored. This project is implemented by the Carlos Slim Foundation in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank.
- Access to Jobs Program (AOL). This initiative was launched in El Salvador on November 2013 with the aim to promote sustainable economic development and help people find their way out of poverty. AOL provides technical assistance, revolving loans and supplies to farmers in San Salvador and the mountainous regions of the country. It also purchases their fruits, vegetables and greens to sell them later in 48 stores.
From its outset, the AOL initiative has supported 300 small and medium sized farmers, benefiting 1,100 people (including their families).
- Meso-American Health Initiative 2015. Since 2012, the Carlos Slim Foundation supports this initiative in El Salvador, six other Central American countries and the Mexican state of Chiapas. The project, implemented in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank, aims to reduce health disparities in the Meso-American region, particularly as regards maternal health, vaccines and child nutrition.
The program is being implemented in two phases and it now operates in 14 municipalities across El Salvador. The first phase concluded in 2014 and covered 74 health units that attained 80% of their expected goals. The program benefited a population of 26,808 children under the age of 5 as well as 59,819 women in reproductive age. The second phase began on July 21, 2015 and will last 18 months.
Aid provided and achievements
In Peru the results of the Chakipi Access Initiative were reviewed. The initiative is operated by the Clinton-Giustra-Slim Enterprise Partnership and supported by the Program for Free Cataract Surgeries, implemented by the Carlos Slim Foundation in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and the Interactive Platform for On-line Health Education (PIEENSO according to its Spanish acronym).
- Chakipi. This program began in 2013. The word “Chakipi” means “to your home” in the Quechua language. This initiative provides training on sales techniques to women living in five remote rural zones of Peru. It delivers a range of products like enriched foods, low-cost solar lamps, personal and homecare products, etc. The program allows women to sell these products in their communities, as an additional source of income. This also increases the availability of essential products in these rural communities.
Chakipi has helped 800 women to become salespersons, increase their income and improve their quality of life.
- Program for Free Cataract Surgeries. The Carlos Slim Foundation launched this initiative on July 2009 in Peru, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA). This program is valued as an important part of the National Plan to Fight against Cataract Blindness. Thanks to this initiative 50,682 persons living in conditions of poverty have benefited from cataract surgery.
- Interactive Platform for On-line Health Education (PIEENSO).In November 2013, the Carlos Slim Foundation launched the PIEENSO initiative to benefit the Peruvian population. In partnership with the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA), this platform has provided training to 130 health professionals in 17 regions across Peru. Training is provided as a Diploma on Female Cancer, as part of the “Plan Esperanza” (Hope Plan) that aims to prevent and treat cancer.