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Immigrants Skills Repository

An entity that harnesses the top skill of each immigrant and delivers it where it can make the most impact in exchange for monetary gain.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Problem - Displaced Venezuelans in Latin America and the Caribbean are not quickly being absorbed into the workforce. As a result they are easy victims of abuse, drug and human trafficking. Root Causes - Barriers immigrants face such as a different language and a lack of knowledge of the geography and social constructs of a new country is compounded by the desperation to provide for their basic needs. This results in immigrants accepting jobs or doing tasks that degrade their humanity. How the Solution Works - 1)John, an immigrant enters a country, afraid and uncertain. Although he is with a group of persons he does not know he has a single point of contact. 2) The point of contact tells him to reach out to ISR (Immigrant Skills Repository), someone in the group also mentions ISR. 3) ISR points him to the nearest group of NGOs that may assist him (food, shelter or clothing) and takes some basic information including his top skills he possesses. 4) ISR assesses John to ensure if he is fit for work or if further retooling is required. 5) Local or International entities reach out to ISR for a specific skill or task and John is selected for work either at the client's site or within ISR. 6) John returns to ISR to receive payment each Saturday where he receives classroom training sessions to help him integrate better into this new society.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Latin America and the Caribbean as they are currently affected by mass displacement from countries in South America (e.g. Venezuela)

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Allowing for top skills and talents to boost the country's economy and innovation.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

This idea allows for an individual to practice and realize their God given skillset, occupation or talent.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The idea would prevent masses of persons being mistreated and pushed into leading a life of crime. Success would be defined by immigrants, though displaced, they are still contributing to building the society.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

As a resident of Trinidad and Tobago, I see the effects of the displacement of Venezuelans. As part of the YLAI (Young Leaders of the America's Initiative) I traveled to Peru to assist a fellow YLAIer and got the opportunity to speak to a Peruvian US Embassy representative. That conversation made me realize how widespread the displacement issue, its impact on the Latin and Caribbean region and the Government and large corporations' inability to respond. We asked a Venezuelan immigrant doing well in Peru what his fellow counterparts needed and he responded quickly and simply...."Jobs!" Upon returning home, I heard a podcast about social entrepreneur Marcela Torres who launched a Mexico City-based startup that paid young people (and persons deported from the US) to learn to code. Thus the idea was finalized....Although there are many charitable entities that assist the immigrants, even good deeds must be sustainable. An entrepreneurial counterpart to charity would be necessary.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

1. Themes or insights that stood out across interviews were many immigrants were willing to accept jobs far below their current skill set due to non-acceptance or abuse. Large scale businesses are unable to help due to their complex policies which does not take displacement issues into consideration. Medium scale local businesses were fearful of absorbing too many immigrants because of backlash from the existing workforce. 2. Based on our feedback from the people we interviewed and connected with, an improvement on our product/service/model that we are interested in exploring is a social awareness campaign to educate and encourage local to be more accepting of immigrants. 3. The biggest potential to build bridges across divided groups in our work is winning the popular opinion about accepting immigrants.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

There are many people willing to help immigrants and this idea will make it sustainable for them to do it.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

La Romaine Migrant Support Group Young Leaders of the America's Initiative US Embassy Trinidad and Tobago Various Parishioners of Couva-Talparo

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name

Luvo Cinematography

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Luvo Cinematography is a social entrepreneurship seeking to change the world through changing the way people see it.

Website URL:

Type of submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organization Headquarters: Country

Trinidad & Tobago

Organization Headquarters: City / State



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amazing post about skills

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