According to the National Disability Fund, more than 2.5 million Chileans have some sort of disability. Of these, less than 30% are employed and more than 50% live in poverty. At the same time, recycling is becoming a growing need. Currently, only 7% of the six million tons of waste generated annually in Chile are recycled.
UPASOL operates a free collection service for recyclable household goods. The waste is then sold to companies that use the material in their recycling and production processes. The resulting revenue for the organization funds a local rehabilitation center for people with disabilities and those recovering from serious medical crises.
NESsT Value Added
- Worked with UPASOL to assess new growth opportunities, such as the potential to replicate to other nearby cities, and update the business plan to scale UPASOL’s economic activity.
- Sourced a recoverable grant from Kiva to help UPASOL scale its business and expand the reach of its services.
tons of waste collected per month
households participating in waste collection program
children and adults receiving rehabilitation services to date