Entries by Marlena May Cuesta

MU Summer Announcements

As hurricane season progresses in the DR, winds of change blow through MoveUp as well. As some of you probably saw on our LinkedIn, I’ve (Marlena) moved into the role of Chief Strategic Officer and we’ve brought Píndaro Peña onboard as the new Program Director of MoveUp. He is doing an excellent job, bringing his […]


Christmas Celebration despite Challenges

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for most of us, and that includes MoveUp users as well. The vast majority of individuals using our application are microentrepreneurs who live in vulnerable communities. According to the World Bank, for the first time in 20 years, global extreme poverty will rise in 2021. Many of our […]


This year has been full of shock and sudden change, mourning, and extreme loss. For many, the new normal will not feel normal at all because a loved one is absent from the kitchen table. Many others are homesick, physically sick, or struggling with their mental health. Even so, there are always reasons to give […]

Increasing Literacy through MoveUp

Earlier this month we celebrated a victory at MoveUp. We finished the last of 31 lessons in our course, “Aprendiendo a Leer” (Learning How to Read). This course will hopefully be the first of many in our Learning How to Read & Write series. The series is aimed towards illiterate adults in the Dominican Republic […]

MoveUp at LTX Fest

Last week, MoveUp participated in the all-virtual, 4-day LTX Fest for Latinx professionals in tech. Here, our Program Director, Marlena May Cuesta, shares about the event.   When I heard about LTX Fest I was thrilled. This was the first year I had heard of the conference, and I was excited it was accessible to MoveUp […]

Five Reasons Continued Education is Important

Last week, we discussed how education is a lifelong journey. The world we live in demands we continue learning, whether it be new recipes, software for our job, or how to adapt to COVID-19. However, the demands of adult life leave us scrambling to accomplish everything on our to-do list, and continued education is often […]

Education: A Lifelong Journey

In our blog post celebrating freedom, I mentioned an eighth-grade graduate who decided not to attend high school to instead support her family financially. While this girl showed high intellectual capacity and decision-making skills for her age, she most likely lacks important skills to succeed in life. In the Dominican Republic, only 50 percent of […]

How Microlearning and Gamification Affect Retention

Our technology partner, EdApp, mentioned in a recent post that COVID-19’s lasting effects are resulting in the highest need for fundamental re-skilling and training in the workplace since WWII. We agree.  Now is an ideal and essential moment to equip our clients and partners as they train their clients and beneficiaries. However, it is never […]

The Freedom to Learn

Today is a great moment to give thanks for our freedom as we remember the September 11th attacks of 2001. In the United States, as well as many other countries around the world, freedom is such an innate right that we often take it for granted. Freedom of expression abounds, and in general, access to […]

MoveUp and EdApp

I was hesitant, perhaps even wary, when MoveUp made the switch from our previous developer to EdApp. Though I had extensively researched EdApp and was convinced it was the right solution for us, my last experience designing micro education had been less than enjoyable, and I was apprehensive to learn a new program. MoveUp’s Unique […]