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Stories of Impact: Soleran Cares & Unbound’s Entrepreneurship Program - Letters from the Field

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Over two years ago, Soleran began its own philanthropy, Soleran Cares. The root of that endeavor are years of poverty charity work by one of our owners. At Soleran, we want to be thoughtful in how we approach every problem - at work and beyond. An internal philosophy we live out with our clients is “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” We believe in best practices. The same can be said for charitable causes. With our best practices in consulting and software, we try to remain impactful and intentional. In the case of charity work, we need to be mindful of what we do to help. Soleran is deeply committed to understanding how to do charity well, particularly how it relates to poverty. It has captured the heart of our company. 

The concept of “teach a man to fish” is rooted in the philosophy of helping an individual become self-sustainable. In the case of poverty, job creation transforms communities. It is quite literally the key to self-sustaining communities. Jobs beget jobs and the need for handouts goes away. 

With this job creation model, all non-profits, if doing their charity work in this fashion, should perpetually be working themselves out of a job in a community. After a period of time, the non-profit should leave the area because skills, jobs, and infrastructure abound in that region. Then the non-profit moves on to the next community and the next. If the model is to stay in that community indefinitely, the community is not transformed. It is dependent. This trail of fundamental impact from beginning to end is:

  1. Use thoughtful best practices
  2. Learn to manage themselves
  3. Help them learn to help themselves

This is the beginning of a new, healthier community full of dignity and independence.

Since our philanthropy’s inception, Soleran Cares has teamed up with four local non-profit organizations that are living out this new model for charity work (Mission Adelante, Convoy of Hope, Significant Matters, and Unbound). Kansas City-based, Unbound, partners with families all over the world living in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient and fulfill their desired potential. Soleran Cares has been involved with Unbound’s entrepreneurship program. Funds are directed to entrepreneurs for items needed to grow their small businesses, ultimately becoming more self-sustaining and boosting the local economy. The entrepreneurs go through a grant process to seek funds for needed items, training and develop a business plan.  

Soleran Cares was able to help six entrepreneurs in 2022 and seven more in 2023! Unbound has graciously shared three of the entrepreneurs’ stories from the field. We have witnessed firsthand through personal letters the difference the Unbound entrepreneurship grants are making in the lives of small business owners and their families. These are the 2023 stories of impact created through our Unbound partnership. 

Stories of Impact 

Rosa’s Story

Rosa and her family live in Medellin, Colombia. She has been making crafts to sell out of her home since she was a child. Learning new skills through videos, her wares became sought after in her town. Being sponsored through Unbound, she has taken entrepreneurship training courses to learn new business skills like making clear, achievable goals and developing a budget. With the funds from Soleran Cares, she was able to buy more crafting raw materials and purchase a glass cabinet to display her products. Her business “Rosidetalles” is growing and her daughter is quickly becoming her apprentice. 

Margarita’s Story

Margarita and her family also live in Medellin, Colombia. Twenty-five years ago, her mother started a business selling arepas (traditional flat, fried corn food of the region). Since her mother’s passing, she inherited the business and plans to keep her mother’s legacy alive. Margarita has a large family to take care of and the business is a major source of their income. With Soleran Cares’ contributions, she was able to buy tables, chairs, thermoses, and the raw materials she needed to sustain and grow her business. Through Unbound’s entrepreneurship program, she has learned to prepare budgets, inventories, advertising, and mitigate business risks. 

Lindaura’s Story

Lindaura and her family live in Lima, Peru. Ten years ago, she began a sewing service with just a single sewing machine. They rented a second floor shop location in a gallery, only to struggle to keep it open. Lindaura closed the gallery shop. Their gallery shop experience taught them a few lessons, one of which was to make clothes seasonally for better sales. Currently, they are creating seasonal men’s sportswear. With Soleran Cares’ help, they have been able to buy fabric and tables with trestles that allow them to lay out the fabric, draw molds, and cut the pieces for tailoring. The trestle table keeps them from damaging delicate fabric, ultimately saving money from needlessly buying replacement fabric.

We are excited to see these small business owners progress in their ambitious journeys! We are inspired and spurred on to keep investing in entrepreneurs.

You can join our cause to help families get out of poverty by pursuing their small business dreams, ultimately leading to sustainability for them and their local economy. There are so many amazing organizations doing such impactful and intentional work. We have our list of favorite organizations on our Soleran Cares page. Visit and consider giving to one of these organizations this Giving Tuesday!

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