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Leading Entrepreneurs Join Together to form IMPACTO to Fund High Impact COVID Relief for Communities in Latin America

Not-for-profit will support efforts in testing, medical equipment and meals to patients and front-line workers

A diverse group of leading entrepruers and senior business executives from across Latin America today announced the formation of IMPACTO, a new non-profit organization to source, partner and fund Latin American initiatives to fight COVID-19. IMPACTO today launched a dedicated website to handle online donations.

Founded by Sebastian Mejia, President and Co-Founder of Rappi, an on-demand delivery startup with operations in Latin America, and Ralf Wenzel, Managing Partner at SoftBank Group International and Founder of Foodpanda, a successful food delivery businesses, IMPACTO’s mission is to fight the Coronavirus pandemic by funding testing, medical equipment and meals to address the escalating crisis that is impacting more than one million people in the region.

“Social and economic consequences in Latin America will become even more severe if we do not act quickly to address the needs of communities where food, testing and medical supplies are needed most —  on the front lines of the pandemic. The disease is today spreading at a dramatic pace and we need to act urgently to address this discrepancy,” said Mejia.

IMPACTO will support initiatives in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico “that address the most immediate challenges and have a direct impact on people’s lives,” said Wenzel.

IMPACTO has launched the donation and delivery of 2,000 baskets of groceries to front-line caregivers working with vulnerable populations in Colombia and is looking to mobilize support for an additional 20,000 baskets for Colombia and also for Mexico and Brazil through partners such as Frubana, a B2B platform of agri-products and packed goods for small retailers in Latin America.

“We are building a fast-growing network of trusted partners with key players in the region, including government and multilateral institutions, to help source impactful projects, channel resources and donations, and identify execution organizations,” said Wenzel.  

“The new website, IMPACTO, is already operational in English and will allow people to donate quickly and easily. Individual or corporate donors will be able to choose the vetted initiative they want to support or donate directly to the IMPACTO umbrella,” said Mejia.  The website will also allow visitors to register for volunteering opportunities available for those willing to donate their time during the COVID-19 crisis.

Transparency is important to us. IMPACTO will use donated funds in line with the organization’s mission and is committed to tracking, measuring and sharing progress with donors as allocations are made into each support initiative.

Donation website: https://impactoglobal.org/

Media Inquiries: media@impactoglobalinc.com

About IMPACTO Global Inc.

IMPACTO is a non-profit relief organization based in Florida committed to helping Latin America. Its current mission is to provide care to patients and health workers through medical equipment, ventilators, sanitary kits, meals and telemedicine while also monitoring the evolution of the virus by bringing massive testing to countries in the region in the fight against COVID-19.

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