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.
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.
- In 2012, social enterprise income comprised 92.23% of the organization´s budget.
- The social enterprise reached 1,903 beneficiaries in 2012; a 42% increase from 2011 to 2012.