Levantando Chile Fund

 
$820
$99,180
Raised
Remaining
Mar 8, 2012

2011 2nd Social Enterprise Competition

Earthquake Survivors
Earthquake Survivors

Levantando Chile Update (November 2011 – January 2012)

In October, NESsT launched a 2nd Social Enterprise Competition in the O’Higgins, Maule and Bio-Bio regions, which are some of the areas most affected by the 2010 earthquake. The competition is open to organizations with a strong social mission that work to solve important social problems in the these regions, that have a strong connection with local producers, and that want to develop a social enterprise to support them and increase their income streams.

All ten organizations were invited to begin a one-year evaluation process where NESsT is helping them analyze their business ideas through a pre-feasibility and feasibility study.  At the end of the process, organizations will produce a business plan, which NESsT will evaluate followed by selecting the three best business plans.  The winning organizations will receive US$10,000 to implement their business ideas and will enter the NESsT portfolio to continue receiving capacity support to implement their business plans, for the next 1-4 years. The ten organizations currently participating in the competition are:

1. Cooperative Campesinas Las Nieves Ltda.  
Social Enterprise: Production and commercialization of quinoa

2. Fundacion para el Desarrollo Campesino
Social Enterprise: Commercialization of honey

3. Fundacion para el Desarrollo del Bio Bio
Social Enterprise: Production and commercialization of honey

4. Organización No Gubernamental de Desarrollo Centro de Educacion Tecnologica para el Desarrollo del Sur (ONG CET SUR)
Social Enterprise: Consulting and training services

5. Asociacion Gremial por el Bosque Nativo de Nuble
Social Enterprise: Commercialization of certified firewood

6. Fundacion Ludovico Rutten
Social Enterprise: Career-skills training workshop

7. ONG SurMaule
Social Enterprise: To construct a just and inclusive democratic society through training, research and community interventions

8. APIUNISEXTA A.G.
Social Enterprise:  Development of sustainable beekeeping.

9. Agrupacion Cultural y Artesanos de Canete
Social Enterprise: Commercialization of crafts

10. SEPADE
Social Enterprise: Production and commercialization of wooden crafts and products

Next Steps:

-        March: NESsT provides feedback on organizational readiness of each participant and invites select organizations to develop pre-feasibility studies

-        April: NESsT evaluates pre-feasibility studies and invites select organizations to develop feasibility studies

-        July/August: Feasibility studies are evaluated by NESsT and our Business Advisory Network members

-        September: NESsT invites select organizations to develop their business plan

-        November: NESsT selects three best business plans

Manos del Bio Bio crafts
Manos del Bio Bio crafts

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Project Leader

Barb Alvarado

Providencia, Santiago Chile

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