In 2007, Celina de Sola, along with her brother Diego, and her husband, Ken Baker, founded Glasswing International in San Salvador, El Salvador. The concept was simple: foster change by investing in a community’s existing strengths and resources – its infrastructure and its people.
After spending many years traveling the world as a humanitarian relief worker, and working as a social worker and public health specialist, Celina felt compelled to return home and make a difference in Central America. Drawing on her experiences, she saw an opportunity to combine an international perspective with a hands-on, grassroots approach to transform vulnerable communities across the region.
Diego, who was living in El Salvador, working in the private sector, and serving as a World Economic Forum Global Fellow, felt it was a critical time to find a better way to push individuals, businesses, and community members to learn to work together to promote progress. He saw Glasswing as a vehicle to empower communities and create opportunities for individuals to take responsibility and be agents of change for a brighter future.
After years of working as an executive in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, Ken believed making a lasting impact and sustainably addressing development challenges was best made through the creation of a strong, local organization. Glasswing was built as an innovative, local organization with a global perspective and a commitment to empowerment, local solutions, and efficiency.