Mother and son assisted by SEPADE
Over the last few months, Levantando Chile team members Ignacio Blanco (Coordinator) and Felipe Cordero (Project Assistant) surveyed the regions of Chile most affected by the February 2010 earthquake; O'Higgins, Maule and BioBio; to identify the needs of existing organizations. They met with government and civil society leaders to spread the word about Levantando Chile, as well as to identify organizations with the greatest potential for impact that would be good candidates to participate in a NESsT Social Enterprise Competition in Chile and invite them to apply to the competition.
In March 2011, NESsT sponsored a Social Enterprise competition geared towards civil society organizations that work directly with local producers in the three regions most affected by the earthquake. Twenty-eight (28) organizations applied. Although the selection process was not easy, the selection board at the NESsT Santiago office selected six winning organizations. These organizations were selected based on their potential for impact and their methodology, commitment and experience working in the affected areas.
Over the next ten months, NESsT will provide financial and entrepreneurial support to these six organizations and their producer members affected by the earthquake to improve their income streams and quality of life. Every beneficiary is different and works in a different field, but among them are farmers, beekeepers, micro entrepreneurs, artisans and craftspeople:
San Fernando, O’Higgins Region
Mission: To make beekeeping sustainable, competitive and efficient through collective solutions benefiting each of the bee keepers who are members of the organization. APIUNISEXTA’s work is focused on improving productivity and competitiveness of its partners, allowing to expand markets and improve bargaining power, through access to market information and business opportunities.
Mission: To support and promote environmentally conscious practices that contribute to improving the environment and the quality of life of the surrounding community. The program will reach farmers, salt gatherers, artisans, and other beneficiaries from the Cardenal Caro Province.
Education and Technology Center (CET)
Mission: To advance knowledge in Ecoagriculture and environmental sustainability to help residents in the poorest rural and urban areas to increase their quality of life, in terms of food security and the improvement of their family and community environment. The program will reach beekeepers, farmers, artisans, rural tourism entrepreneurs, and other beneficiaries in and around the rural towns of Yumbel, San Carlos, Contulmo and Niquen.
Trabajo para un Hermano Concepción
Mission: To facilitate meaningful educational opportunities for communities and staff members to contribute towards a more just society and create employment, economic and social leadership opportunities. The program will reach artisans from Concepción, Talcahuano, Penco, Tome and Dichato.
Mission: To contribute towards building a more inclusive Chilean society that does not inhibit personal and community development, nor that arbitrarily discriminates based on social motives, culture, ethnicity, religion, political views, sexual orientation, gender, age, health, physical or mental disabilities. The program will reach beneficiaries from different areas in and around Coronel, Lota and San Pedro.
Talca, Maule Region
Mission: To work with other entities to construct a just and inclusive democratic society in the Maule Region, especially through training, research and community interventions. The program will reach small shop owners in Talca’s historic Central Market that have had trouble re-establishing their livelihoods after the earthquake.
Artisan - Trabajo Para Un Hermano Concepcion