Protagonizar was founded in 1999 by the Jesuit Rodrigo Zarazaga. Fr Rodrigo was sent by his superior to the Barrio Mitre, the poor district of Gran Buenos Aires. He found himself in a context of extreme poverty and the total lack of a public labor market. Driven by the desire to help, some good idea emerged how to support the population of Barrio Mitre to take control over their situation and to change their lives. This was the birth of Protagonizar. What Protagonizar wants to achieve in the lives of the people tells Fr Ariel Grassini: we want that in long term their business evolves from the more unconventional methods towards more organized and targeted methods.

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