This 2-year project seeks to develop technical coding and soft skills to boost opportunities for young low-income women obtain better paying tech jobs in Peru, Chile and Mexico. The project is implemented by Laboratoria, a Peruvian NGO based in Lima and non-reimbursable financing is provided by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank.

This commitment is part of:

Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth


Multilateral Investment Fund of Inter-American Development Bank Other regional or multilateral organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution


  • Laboratoria

    Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 5.b Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

Achievement At Glance

More than 10 thousand women applied to the program.
Over 1000 graduated as front-end developers and UX designers.
818 of our graduates started working in the technology sector within the first 6 months of graduating (equivalent to a placement rate of 80%).
Our graduates almost tripled their income. Their average post-program salary was $ 900 (net) per month, or on average 2.7 times higher than their pre-program income.


Laboratoria’s boot camp consists of a series of technical and personal development trainings that recreate the real work environment of a coder. With it agile methodology, Laboratoria encourages self-learning by assigning tasks on key concepts and codes, that trainees research on their own. A series of software development processes aimed at promoting disciplined project management, adaptability, and self-organization for the successful delivery of high-quality digital product. Laboratoria’s sourcing model aims to provide an underserved female workforce with an alternative form of high-quality education that is directly linked to employer demand.

Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 450 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    5.b Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

    450 young women trained to secure employment or access higher education

    BY: Apr 2019





USD 974,605

Estimated total value of the commitment


young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24, 25-29

  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young women
  • Low-income individuals
  • Graduates of second-level education and students in third-level education or beyond


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