Macarena Currin

Rodelillo Foundation
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Rodelillo helps thousands of families every year co-construct Family Action Plans, overcome social vulnerabilities, generate new sources of income and assume protagonistic attitudes and responsibilities for their family's lives and destinies.

Focus: Enterprising Families, Women´s Empowerment, Income Generation, Homeownership
Geographic Area of Impact: Chile, US
Model: Hybrid Non-Profit
Number Direct Beneficiaries: 15,000 (2011)
Annual Budget: US$ 1,925,000. (2011)
Percentage Earned Revenue: 90%
Recognition: Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Chile, 2006

Until recently Latin America was characterized by paternalistic, authoritarian and classist policies, at the expense of lower and middle class majorities, equal opportunity, diversity and entrepreneurship. Such attitudes are counter-productive to the creation and growth of free, democratic, just and humane societies in the 21st century. The Rodelillo Foundation strives to improve equality, opportunity, inclusion and fairness by means of family-based social programmes. It contends that the most powerful force in society abides in the bonds of love, kinship and a common identity shared by self-defined family groups. Those bonds are the most effective key to unlocking the latent human potentials within dreams, talents, dignity and courage.

Innovation and Activities
Through the Rodelillo Model of Enterprising Families, families engage in a personalized psycho-social companionship over 18 months with social workers, psychologists and others. They work on such basic human needs as family relationships, income generation, child development, access to health networks, and organizing the demand for, and construction of, definitive housing solutions.

For more than 25 years Rodelillo has played a pivotal role assisting over 30,000 Chilean families, totalling 125,000 people, to recover their dignity, surmount poverty, become self-reliant, find a job or create a business, purchase a home, obtain a college education, become community leaders, hire and train others, and get involved in local affairs. Every year this motivates and encourages thousands of families, their communities, co-workers and the nation.

During the past four years Rodelillo has been innovating unprecedented corporate-civil society collaborations in the design and installation of its model, for the benefit of workers and workers’ families at ports and mines throughout Chile. The results have exceeded expectations in delivering more productive workers, more congenial work environments, major decreases in worksite accidents and quantified social results. For two decades Rodelillo has instigated and produced consistently superior results with the Chilean ministries of Justice, Planning, Housing, Women, Education and the National Service for Minors. Local and regional authorities, universities, CSOs and other stakeholders have also enjoyed the mutual benefits of helping families to help themselves.

The Entrepreneur
Macarena Currín holds an MS in Social Work from the University de Chile. She founded Rodelillo in Santiago in 1987, based on her personal experience and deep social commitment. In Los Angeles, California in 2000, she and her husband, David Hansen, established a local variant of Rodelillo in a parish community, which still thrives today. Currín continues to inspire and influence leaders from business, civil society, government and academia with her integral family vision, leadership, wisdom and social effects.