NESsT continues to provide financial, capacity-building, and psychological support to 373 small producers and artisans in the O´Higgins, Maule and Bio-Bio regions of Chile to help rebuild the lives, livelihoods, and communities most affected by the 2010 earthquake and tsunami.
NESsT is proud to announce that after 14 months, this part of the project is nearing its final stages, as our assistance to these 373 producers will come to an end by mid-October.
Since June, NESsT has been carrying out different actions that provide new knowledge, skills and support to the social enterprises in our portfolio. Some of our latest important developments with our beneficiaries include:
Social Enterprise Competition:
As our Social Enterprise Competition continues as social enterprise ideas continue to gain strength NESsT is currently evaluating feasibility studies of the four remaining competitors, which will reviewed by expert members of our Business Advisory Network (BAN). In November, NESsT will hold a business plan workshop and organizations will have to complete their business plans for their social enterprise ideas. Three out of the four remaining competitors below, will be awarded an invitation to join the NESsT Portfolio, where they will receive financial and technical assistance for up to five years.
Apiunisexta: A store specialized in providing high-quality products for beekeeping activities. It will sell diversified products, such as health products, food for bee colonies, machinery and equipment for beekeepers in the O´Higgins Region, all for prices that benefit the sector.ONG Surmaule: An educational services firm, which will offer specialized services to improve pedagogical and technical skills of teachers at all levels inside educational institutions. It seeks to improve the administration of educational institutions, as well as improve school environments and test results.
Ludovico Rutten Foundation: A business that will train high-quality welders, providing them with a certification that enables them to better perform their work and ensuring the quality of their work. The social enterprise will provide this service locally at very affordable prices.
Manzana Verde: Their social enterprise idea consists of building a school for adults that were not able to complete their elementary or high school education. At this school, they can level their education while also pursuing a technical degree in agroecology.
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