Charlie Ruth Castro
Rotary E-Club Sogamoso, Colombia
Project Title: Innovative New Beginnings
Innovation: Training women prisoners vocational and business skills and empowering them to create new opportunities for themselves.
Description: Using her extensive experience in digital communications, Castro, a lawyer, leads a program that is teaching 170 incarcerated women in Colombia textile skills and how to produce personal wellness kits with products developed from herbal plants grown in their own organic farm. The kits are sold online through the brand, “Alas de Libertad” (Wings of freedom). The women also attend empowerment workshops which reduce their sentences. Castro has led large-scale events in Colombia and Mexico promoting rights for women and children. She is cofounder of Digitally Connected, which unites 430 Latin American experts who are studying online challenges facing children and young people.