Project information

Mini Enterprise in Salta

This project is based on the UK Young Enterprise Scheme. It enables our students to learn business acumen, scoping, design, production processes, marketing, supply and demand, whilst developing products which can be sold to supplement their studies. The project uses waste material where possible.

June 2011 - December 2016

Charity information: The David Mather Foundation

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  • Need


    The young people in this project come from economically challenged backgrounds & live in poor one room conditions. They are supported to sustain a university education via David Mather Foundation, but this does not stretch to living costs. Traditionally to contribute to family income, students make & sell items daily which detracts from study time and is barely cost effective. Working collaboratively, students only need contribute 2 evenings a week to the enterprise but generate greater income


    The Mini enterprise scheme utilises waste products where possible, eg soft drink bottles, cans, newspaper or very low cost materials such as string and foam. The students work together to create a collaborative production enterprise, funds can be generated whilst learning valuable entrepreneurial skills, which in turn contribute to the wellbeing of the students and provide a small return to families who forego wages for education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To generate additional income to support students and their families


    » Recruit 4 students into each of 8 mini enterprises which will scope the market for opportunities to sell goods made of waste/cheap products
    » Each team will be given 100 pesos set up costs to source materials and cover production costs
    » Finished items will be available for sale through the Enterprise stall on the Fundacion's Street front and local markets frequented by travellers.
    » Production may cease on poor sale items and increase on successful items, in which case teams may merge.

    Success will be... six of the 8 mini enterprises returning a profit.
    Identifying 2-3 products to go into fuller production.
    Providing an income of 100AR$ per student per month

    Aim 2

    Students will learn entrepreneurial skills


    » Teams will write a business plan, source materials, design and make sample goods and test the market before going into full production
    » They will market their goods and understand supply, demand and ordering systems.
    » They will keep accounts and production logs, which will be utilised in additional maths lessons
    » They will reinvest in further products but keep any profit generated

    Success will be...production of sellable goods which have a clear production plan and sales targets.
    Students who understand business planning and sales techniques

    Aim 3

    To learn to work collaboratively in teams, delegate, share rolls and demonstrate commitment


    » Intra team communication: Teams will need to establish roles within each enterprise and work effectively together to create a sell able commodity
    » Inter team communication: work with other teams to share ideas, creative space,ascertain markets, effective production methods, sources of materials
    » A sales team rota will be established requiring students from across all teams to sell products one day/evening per week.
    » Learning will be shared within Salta schools and the Family of Schools and with sponsors

    Success will be effective teams, sellable goods and a profit returned, whilst retaining good relationships. Student confidence in their future ability to market their skills

  • Impact


    The project will aid the development of an entrepreneurial climate within the communities, Success would be a percentage increase in the number of small successful businesses with in the communities.
    To raise levels of confidence and resilience amongst the young people involved which would enable them to complete their high level learning programmes despite economic and social disadvantage, demonstrated by the numbers of young people completing education and entering employment ie 90% p year


    1. No items will be fit for sale: samples of suitable items have already been tested positively and a quality criteria must be met.
    2. Insufficient time available to produce sufficient stock: Mothers have indicated they will help with production and sales
    3. Licence to sell artefacts: The enterprise programme is educational and so is exempt


    As soon as projects have been identified they will be offered to investors who will be able to see examples of the products and the supporting documentation on the website. Interested donors will be encouraged to ask questions and make recommendations to the production team.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,240

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      Amount Heading Description
      £800 core funding £20 for each of 8 enterprise groups x 5 years
      £200 market fees paying for stalls in markets
      £140 advertising promotional material and stall livery
      £100 handicraft tools capital expenditure

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Peter Hale £20 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Salta is the largest city in northern Argentina and has a population of 600k. Tourist Salta appears wealthy but the young people in our project live in shanty town conditions on the edge of the city. Homes are frequently one room built with breeze blocks, & temporary roofs with limited sanitary facilities. Poverty is endemic with high rates of drug and alcohol use, teenage pregnancy & short life expectancy. There is no culture of further education and little aspiration of professional careers


    Young people who schools have identified as having the academic potential to reach university( or tertiary education) but who lack the socio-economic or family support to attain this.
    • The families of the young people
    • The community will benefit as all DMF students are required to utilise their new skills to support their communities
    • The level of aspiration within the schools and families is increased

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The David Mather Foundation is small but dedicated to achieving its distinct aims. The links with British schools provide a unique international perspective which benefit all participants. The project is based on the Aim Higher project and is being implemented with the full knowledge & co-operation of the Municipal Government ensuring sustainability. We have worked closely with students, their families & local people to ensure we are meeting identified need and targeting resources appropriately

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ian Mather Volunteer

    Ian Mather, UK President: Retired school principal, experience working with disadvantaged young people establishing educational & work opportunities

    Lydia Brown Volunteer

    Finance Manager: Project Manager PWC tight grip on finances and sound financial planning.

    Irma Miranda Volunteer

    Argentinian Trustee; accountant, handicraft expert, well connected locally, teaching skills

    Raul Casanova Pererya

    Project co-ordinator; bilingual has developed strong links with schools and university contacts well connected locally and motivates the students


will seed fund a mini enterprise,