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Meet Cindy Toledo of Mambé Org in Hallandale Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cindy Toledo.

Cindy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The last ten years of my life have given me the opportunity to understand first hand what poverty is. From working with underprivileged communities in South Africa to founding food security projects in Haiti, and leading mission trips to Nicaragua and Peru, my commitment to serve has continued to grow and help shape my career. In 2014, after graduating from college, I decided to go back to Colombia, my native country, and give back to the community through the knowledge that I had acquired during my bachelor’s in social work. For a year and a half, I worked in one of the poorest states in the Amazonian region, Guainía, as an advisor in social development.

After this experience, I wanted to continue making an impact in these communities, so I decided to found Mambé Org, a nonprofit organization that, through its Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development for indigenous communities, strives to reduce poverty. We’ve not only had the opportunity to work with amazing individuals, but this journey of fighting poverty has made our organization and leadership very resilient, teaching us many lessons.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Having been exposed to different vulnerable communities around the world allowed me to learn different skills and strengthen some personal attributes. Social interventions are very dynamic, and not even the most careful planning can prevent unforeseen issues from happening. It is during unforeseen circumstances that the difference between achieving a project’s results or not relies on the implementation of problem-solving skills to overcome change and the unexpected. Similarly, as leaders, we face other challenges, such as keeping our beneficiaries and team motivated regardless of the difficulties that a project may be encountering. Motivation comes from the development of honest relationships, and the demonstration of our resilience through team-oriented leadership, giving our team and beneficiaries the confidence to follow through. However, we’ve faced various challenges, being organized, responsible, and staying focused on the final goal and has always helped me continue this journey of hard work and devotion.

Please tell us about Mambé Org.
We are Mambé Org, a non-profit organization determined to end poverty. We boost vulnerable communities through our very own innovation and development centers (CIDS). CIDS are centered in which we work with the community to create an environment of opportunities and entrepreneurship. Through on-site philan-therapy, CIDS are centers where the community’s needs are heard, its talents are encouraged, and its people are empowered.

CIDS are at the core of vulnerable communities facing poverty in developing countries. In them, we allow the community to reshape its future by making technology and innovation available, creating income opportunities, and developing entrepreneurship projects.

Each CIDS is a unique combination of the community’s essence and Mambé’s philan-therapy, working hand in hand to reimagine and reshape a stronger future. We are Mambé, a non-profit organization determined to end poverty. Through philan-therapy, a methodology designed for purpose-driven lives that awaken innate talents and create opportunities for the community. Invulnerable communities in developing countries. To achieve SDG’s, align with the five pillars of sustainable development and build a future without poverty.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
For our organization, I would certainly have to say that the key players in our life and business have certainly been hard work, discipline, patience, and persistence.

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