It's imposible to express how grateful I am, but I can promise to all the people who believe in my vision and have supported me, that I will #PayItForward!
This award presents so many possibilities and I'm determined to make the most out of it, in order to create as many opportunities as I can for women in Guatemala!
In addition to this incredible award, during my trip in Washington and San Francisco what I really won is a new family! In just a few days we built strong bonds with so many people, starting with my fellow honourees Kha, Samara, Missu and Samira. I feel humbled by their work, passion and courage; I'm deeply and truly inspired by each one of them. Today I have new sisters that I will always support unconditionally.
I would like to dedicate this award to the different teams that I work with:
- To Global Shapers Guatemala, Women's Entrepreneurship Day Guatemala and Visionarios de Guatemala: Each one of the members in these groups and communities push me forward to improve the state of the world! #BEtheCHANGE.
- To Funsepa: because I truly believe that education is the key for a better future, and being Ambassador for this great initiative is a duty every Guatemalan should commit to. #HDE#HeroesDeLaEducación
- To UFM Design: This is one of the most exciting projects that I'm involved in, we are committed to position Guatemala and Central America as the epicentre of the #OrangeEconomy!
- To all the people that have participated in the Digital Awareness Program and are part of our network. Let’s be part of the #CollectiveIntelligence that enables us to make informed decisions and conscious, sustainable choices, for a better world! #DigitalAwareness.
- To everybody at MILKnCOOKIES: Through technology and a connected society, we can create a real and positive impact in our lives and in the lives of those around us. #LetsChangeTheWorldTogether!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my gratitude to the people that stand beside me, shaping the person I am and the values I stand for: My parents, my sister and my brother, my dear nieces Sofía & Valentina, my friends who are my second family and Alex who is my source of inspiration and strength every single day!
Karla Ruiz Cofiño www.KarlaRuiz.com
You can watch all the pictures of this amazing trip here: