Entrepreneurship Fair at the Santa Luisa de Marillac School in Villamara
95 primary school students from the Santa Luisa de Marillac educational institution in Villamara experienced their entrepreneurship fair last Friday.
Professor Mara Eugenia López, a teacher at the school for nine years in the fields of entrepreneurship, art, ethics, and religion, was in charge of coordinating the event.
She mentions that it is an activity that has been developed for years with the aim of “encouraging and promoting all entrepreneurial skills in children”.
Before the fair, students receive theoretical courses that teach them creativity, innovation, and motivation to start new companies.
“This year we wanted to combine all the artistic parts and also the entrepreneurial parts because there is a lot to do since both areas lend themselves to achieving what children dream of,” says Mara Eugenia.
The boys, girls, and teenagers made bracelets, decorated pencils, toys, key chains, bracelets, and desserts, among other things. A profit of 30% will be credited to the money collected that belongs to the students. The surplus will be paid to parents to cover the cost of materials. “The idea is that they give the money back and keep the profits to continue running their business.”
Fifth-grade sophomores Melani Giraldo Rodriguez and Diana Ocampo offered decorated and personalized pencil cases with the names requested by customers. They say they really enjoy the fair because they express their creativity, which helps them prepare for the future.
Samantha Armenta Casallas is a fourth-grade student. She tended to sell flour-based monsters and unicorns.
Ana Sofa Osorio Guevara and Mara Salomé Quintero Gómez, fifth grade students, sold handmade wool keychains. Ana says her father helped them assemble the boxes and the counters. Likewise, Mara Salomé adds that they were inspired by cats for their logo because they like to play with wool.
Albanis Liendo, family mother and entrepreneur
It seems to me that it is a very important activity for adult life. I did a degree but couldn’t pursue it for personal reasons, and entrepreneurship helped me a lot because it was also available at my school, and it helped me a lot.
David Armenta Castro, father
They started budgeting about three months ago, and that’s where the idea came from until the opportunity arose to place my daughter’s business here at the school fair. These activities are part of the education that invites them to plan economic and creative topics.