Job creation and the welfare of those with some form of disability, combatting the effects of climate change, and improving the quality of life in developing countries are just some of the goals of the finalist projects in the second edition of B-Value, the social innovation and transformation programme aimed at third sector institutions, which we are supporting together with Ship2B.
Cadete Foundation, Plant-For-The-Planet Spain Foundation, Rafiki Africa, itwillbe.org, Música en Vena, A La Par Foundation, Agustín Serrate Foundation, Nen Déu Foundation, Juan XXIII Roncalli Foundation and AIRES are the finalists, selected from a total of forty candidates who, over the past five months, have received online training and attended an event in person, where Banco Sabadell employees in Barcelona and Madrid volunteered to act as mentors in these entities.
More about the finalists
Fundación Cadete (Madrid): This organisation was created to help disabled children and their families by providing grants for the various treatments and early care that children need, thereby contributing towards their development and helping them to achieve their full potential. At B-Value, they are working on an innovative project to diversify their sources of income through the retail sector, by employing disabled people.
Fundación Plant-for-the-Planet España (Barcelona): The vision of Plant-for-the-Planet is for young people to be the protagonists of a revolution to stop climate change and combat its effects on our planet. Their project “Empresas naturales – Clima rural” (Green companies – Rural climate) promotes the recovery of woods and forests devastated by fires of which have suffered some other form of damage, sustainably reforesting areas with indigenous species and species that can be planted in harmony with the former, by creating the Plant-for-the-Planet network of young rural ambassadors, who will help to ensure their future conservation and maintenance.
Rafiki África (Alicanta): This association seeks to improve the quality of life of those living in the villages of Ikoba and Katwe, in Uganda, by digging wells to provide universal access to safe drinking water, building two schools to offer children a chance to get a good education, and offering micro loans to improve their quality of life and drive their economic development. Their project “RafikiCar” aims to generate revenue by cleaning vehicles to diversify their sources of income, whilst employing those at risk of social exclusion.
itwillbe.org (Madrid): Naya Nagar is a fair trade textile brand that offers artisanal and craft products created by women in India and which introduces valuable social aspects throughout the production chain, from the initial design and leadership, during the production process and up to the point of sale. It incorporates blockchain technology throughout the process and on its e-commerce platform. This entrepreneurial project is headed by the social innovation NGO itwillbe.org, therefore all proceeds are used to fund cooperative projects supported by this institution.
Música en Vena (Madrid): This non-profit association is dedicated to improving hospital stays for patients, their family members and healthcare staff through live music. Since 2016, together with the 12 de Octubre hospital in Madrid, they have been working on a unique research project in Europe that seeks to provide scientific proof of the therapeutic effects of music. Their aim is to employ young musicians and introduce music into medical procedures.
Fundación A La Par (Madrid): This social entity aims to create jobs to offer new opportunities for professional and personal development to people with intellectual disabilities that bring them into contact with the public. At B-Value, they are working on an innovative project to build a supermarket chain wholly managed by disabled staff.
Fundación Agustín Serrate (Huesca): The “GUDWUD” project aims to improve the quality of life of people with some form of mental illness through social and professional integration. The objective of this project is two-fold: to innovate in products manufactured in the sawmill workshop of its Centro Especial de Empleo, create artistic and designer furniture from pallets, and transform the therapeutic intervention model to make it more creative.
Fundació Nen Déu (Barcelona): The project “Som Infància” aims to provide psychological care to children and teenagers with limited financial resources and their families. The project is being implemented through the Nen Déu medical practices, which have been providing healthcare services in a number of specialties since 1892.
Fundación Juan XXIII Roncalli (Madrid): This foundation is working on a project to provide universally accessible consultancy services, provided by a multi-disciplinary team of people, including some with intellectual disabilities and/or some form of mental illness. They provide an uninfluenced view of reality and simple solutions that favour accessing products and services provided by different groups of people. The consultants are trained using an innovative approached based on co-design.
AIRES (Madrid): This association helps the homeless get back on their feet. The project “Mujeres con Nombre” (Women with a Name) is a specific scheme aimed at helping homeless women, following a flexible and innovative approach to help resolve the various issues faced by homeless women, with an adequate focus on gender, providing new tools for interventions and enlisting the essential help of a specialist psychologist.