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Photography: Medellín street vendors

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I repeat it to myself two or three times, even if they are the same talks and the same teachers”This is how Mr. Conrado Ibarra, a juice and fruit vendor in career 70, described his experience in the training provided by the Faculty of Administrative and Economic Sciences of the CES University to 20 street vendors in the commercial area near the Atanasio stadium. Girardot.

The training on market techniques, projects, innovation, finance and leadership was led by this Faculty, which was articulated with the strategy that the Sustainability area had already been carrying out with aid programs with markets for street vendors in the city through its Program Ties that bring hope.

The members of La Red de Venteros del Estadio had benefited from the Ties through markets program this year, so they decided to contact us so that we could help them prepare with knowledge in administration and recover from the economic blow that the situation of the pandemic and confinement ”, explained Daniel Ramírez Vásquez, Coordinator of Social Management of the Sustainability area.

The training was received through the Zoom platform and lasted a total of 20 hours, in which the participants stood out for their active participation and interest in the knowledge they were given, as described by Juan Carlos Escudero Montoya, coordinator of Extension of the Faculty.

Participation was completely free and we were amazed at what these vendors showed they knew. With what we teach them, we can help them boost their businesses and help them adapt to the changes that are coming, especially given the transformations that were announced that will be made at the Atanasio Girardot stadium and will bring more trade and competition”Expressed Escudero Montoya.

Vendors like Mr. Conrado Ibarra showed their gratitude to the University and said they hope that this type of relationship will not end: “because we still have many to learn”, They concluded enthusiastically.

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