Levantando Chile Update (August-October, 2011)
After launching a social enterprise competition in March, NESsT selected six winning organizations to channel funds, knowledge and hope to local producers, artisans and microentrepreneurs whose livelihoods were affected by the 2010 earthquake. NESsT designed tailor-made interventions to support our beneficiaries in the different contexts where they live and work.
To do this, NESsT conducted research to gather relevant information about our beneficiaries in addition to the conditions in which they lived before and after the earthquake. A few important and interesting statistics about the people whose livelihoods NESsT supports includes:
Income and Livelihoods
There is great diversity in the livelihoods of our beneficiaries. Although their jobs range in number, they can be grouped in 6 broad areas:
Earthquake Damage, Effects on their Livelihoods and Current Needs
Upon the completion of the baseline study, NESsT and its regional partners in Chile analyzed producer needs to design tailor-made action plans that addressed their main needs to help to recover and increase their income levels in the long-term. These action plans will provide our beneficiaries with a package of support activities that include individual financial support, workshops to provide business administration knowledge, access to consulting services and psychological support. Action plan activities are expected to be finished by April 2012.
Current activities that NESsT is carrying out to support our 373 beneficiaries also include:
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