Providing physical rehabilitation and reprocessing skills to 4,000 people.

Social Challenge

According to the National Disability Fund, over 2.5 million Chileans have some sort of disability. Of these, less than 30% are employed and over 50% live in poverty. Social stigma around disabilities prevent them from becoming productive members of society, particularly in the more remote areas of the country. Recycling is becoming a growing need. Only 7 percent of the six million tons of waste generated annually in Chile are recycled.

NESsT Enterprise

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, generating revenue for the organization.

upasol foto


NESsT Value Added
  • Helped Upasol to assess new growth opportunities, such as the potential to replicate to other nearby cities.
  • Worked closely with the team to update the business plan to scale Upasol’s economic activity.


beneficiaries of rehabilitation services and skills training


people trained overall


US$ 128,743

NESsT investment to date