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Levantando Chile Portfolio

Levantando Chile is supporting social enterprises in the communities most affected by the earthquake and tsunami in an effort to renew and improve local livelihoods.

Levantando Chile Portfolio

The first wave of generosity from donors from around the world is already showing very positive results.

Two of the organizations that are supported by Levantando Chile were recently awarded US$25,000 each towards reconstruction efforts of their respective communities. Weavers from Relmu Witral and artisans working with Trabajo Para un Hermano-Concepción have already resumed their work thanks to funds provided to rebuild their workshops and to purchase much-needed tools and supplies.

Relmu Witral works with 150 Lafkenche women training them in preserving their ancestral skills as textile weavers and providing them with support in producing and commercializing their handwoven products.

Trabajo Para un Hermano-Concepción provides training and support for microentrepreneurs out of its office in Concepción, and also runs a fair trade store in downtown Concepción, called Manos del Bío Bío, which sells products made by the artisans in its group.


Relmu Witral

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Relmu Witral
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Trabajo para un Hermano


The Levantando Chile Fund’s ultimate goal is for its beneficiaries to be completely self-sustaining as quickly as possible: living, working and selling their products as they did before the earthquake and tsunami struck.

Relmu Witral

Located in Tirúa, a coastal town located in southern Chile region that was destroyed by the earthquake,Relmu Witral works closely with local indigenous communities of Lafkenche women, training them in preserving their ancestral skills as textile weavers and providing them with support in producing and commercializing their handwoven products.

A member of NESsT’s portfolio, Relmu Witral will concentrate on ensuring the Lafkenche women restore their income quickly so they may continue to support their families and rebuild their lives.
NESsT has been working with Relmu Witral since 2007 and the Levantando Chile Fund will provide financial support to Relmu Witral to restore their homes, places of work, and to get access to the materials and markets they need immediately as artisans and micro-entrepreneurs in order to resume their work and sources of income.

Click here to read more about the support Levantando Chile provides to Relmu Witral.

Trabajo Para Un Hermano-Concepción

Trabajo Para Un Hermano-Concepción (TPH) provides training and support for microentrepreneurs out of its office in Concepción, and also runs a fair trade store in downtown Concepción, called Manos del Bío Bío, which sells products made by the artisans in its group.

Through Levantando Chile Fund TPH artisans will receive funds to rebuild and to purchase tools. Other artisans, who have had no income since the earthquake, will receive stipends to purchase supplies. NESsT will also help to find new markets for products outside the affected areas and to build back up Manos del Bío Bío’s capacity to attract clients and meet demands.

Click here to read more about the support Levantando Chile provides to TPH-Concepción.

Chile Ayuda a Chile

Levantando Chile also donated US$ 25,000 to Chile Ayuda a Chile at en event in New York with Puro Chile to help raise money for this organization, part of Fundación Teletón, helping build 30,000 emergency homes in the areas most affected by the earthquake.