- iWorker is a company that allows people in and around Venezuela to work remotely from the United States.
- It was founded by Enrique Yervez. who lived in Caracas, Venezuela, before moving to Argentina.
- “We’re hiring English speakers and guiding them on remote work,” Yervez told Insider. “Then we connect workers and business owners.”
Carolina Ayllon is a young mother who lives in Venezuela. Like many new moms, she was looking for a way to stay home with her new baby while still earning an income.
That’s when Ayllon discovered iWorker, a virtual assistant agency that connects “business leaders around the world with remote, English-speaking professionals from economically poor countries,” according to its website. . iWorker was co-founded by Enrique Yervez, who lived in Caracas, Venezuela before moving to Argentina. It allows Venezuelans to earn US dollars.
“Venezuela was a really rich country,” Yervez told Insider. “But it started to collapse, both politically and economically. It caused a lot of problems: hyperinflation, lack of food.”
He decided to leave the country with his pregnant wife and started working remotely, earning money in the more stable US dollar. That’s when he created iWorker, he said.
“We basically recruit English speakers in Venezuela and guide them on how to be successful working remotely,” Yervez said. “We are also looking for small businesses and business owners, entrepreneurs and agencies in the US, Canada and the UK who could use virtual assistant services. Basically, we connect workers and owners of business.”
Virtual assistant jobs include everything from data entry to video editing and marketing, Yervez said.
From 2018 to 2020, iWorker said it provided work for more than 300 Venezuelans, nearly 60% of whom were women, and helped its workers generate more than $800,000 in income. iWorker said 83% of its Venezuelan team is based in Venezuela itself, and 17% live in neighboring countries.
Virtual assistants can earn up to $10 per hour, which Yervez says can go a long way in Latin and South American countries.
“And by working with us, by working with companies overseas – companies based in the United States, companies in Canada – they can make money in US dollars in hard currencies,” he said. added. “So by doing that, they’re protected against inflation and they can also work from home.”
A recent report by the International Labor Organization said digital work can offer refugees and migrants a way to find work that could be transformative.
For Ayllon, the job gives her the flexibility to stay home while continuing to use the skills she has learned. For a client, she acts as a business development manager, which includes customer service skills, business development and finding new leads. The second client is a marketing agency located in Greece. With this client, she mainly manages digital advertising.
Plus, she loves the overall look of it.
“With customers all over the world, I mean, it’s amazing,” Ayllon said. “[We] can work for people from Greece and Canada. I meet new people from different countries every day, and that’s an amazing thing for my job.”