Unlike other universities in the country, the CES University of Medellín, aware of the importance of supporting the activities and efforts of some students for their academic permanence, has authorized itinerant sales in a regulated manner and trains its promoters in finance and handling. food.
One of the beneficiaries of the program called CES Sales is Paulina Zapata Celis, a third semester student of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics, who resorted to the sale of chopped mango, julienned carrots and even coconut trunks to generate an income that allows her to support your maintenance in the U.
“I save half the money for any savings. The other half goes to the university, the tickets, in the practices. I think the accompaniment is very good because one, for example, did not know what the financial management was. I used to spend all that money. Now I know that I must have something in store in case of an accident, in case the fruit is damaged, in addition to the fact that I have no problem selling in the U. " , highlighted the student resident of the municipality of Envigado.
Like Paulina, 119 other registered students, from all majors and belonging to different social strata, roam the U with their sweets, alfajores, and other edibles. None have a fixed position in the facilities, but they are identified with a sticker that authorizes them to sell certain products and in open spaces.
For two and a half years the institution identified sales on the main campus, especially from students who seek with the earnings a sustenance for their study expenses. Since then, the CES Sales program, led by the Office of Institutional Welfare and Human Development of the University, has agreed to regulate and control the operation of small businesses within the main campus.
“It is established in these regulations, for example: in which places in the U cannot sell, for example: the library, the laboratories, the theater, the classrooms. Another point is the type of food that is being sold. We cannot sell alcohol, cigarettes, psychoactive substances. And all this is accompanied by training in personal finance and food handling ” , explained Carolina Cardona Álvarez, social worker from CES University.
In addition to training support, students are linked to the different economic benefit programs that the University has, such as the CES Solidarity Fund. The Research and Innovation Directorate, which is linked to training in personal finance, and the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, which manages the food handling course, are also part of the accompaniment. All this at no cost to students.