Diana Figueroa del Valle

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Building Financial Independence Together: Basic Financial Tools for Women Entrepreneurs in the Hospitality IndustryCuba

Diana Figueroa del Valle holds a PhD in Physics and MSc in Gastronomy and Culinary Management. Diana has worked as head-chef and manager at JIBARO and worked as a manager and coordinator of several catering and restoration activities. Additionally, she has worked as a professor and coordinator of students in university. Diana is a passionate entrepreneur who loves learning, teaching, traveling and nature.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Basic Financial Tools for Women Entrepreneurs in the Hospitality Industry

The fundamental purpose of this project was to continue strengthening the inclusion of women in the new wave of entrepreneurship in Cuba. The project sought to promote the financial education of 25 women entrepreneurs belonging mostly to the hospitality sector, to help them promote and develop their businesses.

Participants were able to put into practice the knowledge and tools acquired during the project, engaging actively in the financial life of their businesses, and envisioning future financial steps for their ventures. 

After the workshops, all the participants said they were better prepared to manage the finances of their businesses. Many have made long-lasting connections with at least five establishing client-supplier relations.  


It opens a door to alliances between women entrepreneurs and gave us important financial tools to lead our business to a successful path.” – Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Diana was a participant in the IVLP Project Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability - Small Business Development, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL

Country: Cuba

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