Recupera Chile is working with the communities of Cobquecura, Dichato and Perales in order to improve the quality of life in the short-run and also in the long-run. Recupera Chile recognizes the communities as the main driver of the recovery / development process and because of that the community has a central role top lay.
Perales is a small community of roughly 500 people with a per-capita income around $500 to $1,200 per year. It lost up to 60% of its buildings because of the earthquake and tsunami of 2010, including more than 50 permanent homes and 45 second homes, along with local businesses and capital stock. The local economy is built around the land and the ocean with farming, fishing, shellfish and algae collection being the main economic drives, while trading (of goods) is gaining a relative importance is last years.
Dichato was severely hit by the earthquake and tsunami. Nearly 80% of the town was destroyed and 17 residents lost their lives. Out of its 4,000 residents, by 2012 still 1,500 lived in the temporary camp located high above Dichato called Aldea El Molino, where as many as 50% of the residents remain unemployed. The most affected industries by the disaster were fishing and tourism (hotels and restaurants particularly).
Cobquecura was the epicenter of the February 2010 earthquake, and suffered enormous material and social losses as a result. Many buildings both within and outside of the historic town center suffered damage or were destroyed. Cobquecura’s historic nature, combined with its small size and isolation from major centers has meant that the housing recovery process has been particularly difficult, costly, and slow.