STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS AND LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS
Recupera Chile has made strategic investments in business infrastructure and key industries to act as catalysts for economic growth and livelihood creation. Also, Recupera Chile staff have worked with local entrepreneurs to help them develop their business plans and access capital for starting and expanding their businesses. Through targeted projects and ongoing recovery work, Recupera Chile demonstrates the commitment to help the people in each of the communities to come together and continue towards recovery.
BUSINESS CONSULTING, TRAINING AND INNOVATION
Recupera Chile provides business consulting and training to develop local business capacities and organize projects to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.
As a nurse at the local infermary, Tatiana had an eye towards both the needs of tourists who come to town as well as the basic health needs of the town’s residents. Her idea was to provide a massage center that could also serve as a basic health clinic with extended hours.
The Artisan Center of San José in Cobquecura was one of the few working collaboratives that came to Recupera Chile for assistance. With over 15 artisans working together to provide gifts, trinkets and other sundries to tourists, this business was an ideal investment for Recupera Chile.
Wahidy and her husband Patricio wanted to start an eco-tourism business that helped to show off the natural splendors of Cobquecura to tourists and locals alike.
An important component of supporting commercial ventures in Cobquecura is the improvement public services of TI provided within the town so that small businesses can get their IT problems resolved locally without having to go to Quirihue, Chillán or Concepción with the resulting costs for companies in terms of transportation and time.
Sea Farmers Gourmet
Sea Farmers members participated in the Feria Gastronómica Marina
In December 2014, a group of Sea Farmers members participated in the Feria Gastronómica Marina (FEGAM) in Valdivia, Chile to promote the Sea Farmers products to a community specialized in gourmet gastronomy.
Vegetable Gardens of Perales
The products that families sow
are used to barter
An extension of the vegetable garden was made in the hospital due to the great acceptance and adherence held by the group of mental health patients.
Restaurants in Dichato
The program of expropriations of the coastal area in Dichato about building a mitigation park of tsunamis and driven by the Government on 2011 left several deserted lands that were rented with the first priority to the residents of the locality for a period of two years and with the commitment of a subsequent sale if its socio-economic initiative was successful.
Fernando Ortiz is a local surfer from Cobquecura who teachs youth to surf while he is trying to inculcate respect for nature and values at the same time. Fernando had a rudimentary infrastructure which did not allow him to improve or expand his business to serve the surf community in Cobquecura and its surrounding properly.
As one of our smallest investments, Elvira has become one of the most successful entrepreneurs. In addition to basic English language and business training, supplemental equipment (life vests, oars, helmets), Elvira also received a logo and enough capital to purchase 5 kayaks.
After the success of our initial project in the tourism sector (NanoSurf), Recupera Chile invested in a microbrewery that would use local ingredients and flavors and provide tourists with a gastronomic treat upon their arrival to Cobquecura. Matias Piceros, helps to build up Cobquecura's tourism offering and create a brand for the community as a fun weekend destination for young adults.
One of the main goals of Recupera Chile’s economic recovery plan was to support local business outside of the tourism industry. Robinson’s history working with shelves and housing gutters was one of the best examples of local, technical expertise in which Recupera Chile wanted to invest.
Edgardo opened the first repair workshop of Perales so that both, residents and tourists could have a place to repair their vehicles in Perales without having to travel to Coelemu. With the support of Recupera Chile, he bought some of the essential tools he needed to have a broad range of vehicle repair services in his own shop.
Edgardo's Mechanic Shop
Constanza “Conny” came from Santiago to make Cobquecura her new home. Working at the municipality, she quickly discovered that all of the new building required a lot of large scale printing for housing plans and even local business needs. She applied to Recupera Chile for a small grant to cover the cost of her oversized printer.