Mainstream launches training program to promote local entrepreneurship in coastal communities in Northern Chile
Mainstream Renewable Power Chile, in collaboration with the NGO Committee for the Democratization of Information, has launched an eleven month training program to enable businesses in coastal communities of the Atacama region to enhance their social, economic and tourism development through the use of technologies.
During the eleven month initiative participants will learn how to apply for funds, promote their services within the community as well as to understand and manage relevant communications technologies. A key element of the program is to improve their understanding and use of communications tools so that they can promote and grow their businesses.
“For Mainstream is important to promote these type of projects so that communities can boost their local development, which is often limited by the lack of access to communication tools due to their geographical location. That is why we promote these workshops, to help develop their projects and ideas”, says Alejandra Alvarez, manager of Corporate Affairs.
Angel Talandianos, President of the Union of Fishermen of Caleta Chañaral de Aceituno said: “I would like to thank Mainstream for launching this project today. Internet is an essential tool for our business, both tourism and fishing.” The communities of Caleta Chañaral de Aceituno and Caleta Los Burros, both located in the Atacama Region, have suffered from low levels of telephone and internet connectivity and fixing this problem has been one of the urgent needs of these communities. Mainstream is present in the region through the development of its wind project, Sarco, which will inject 235 megawatts of clean energy to the Central Grid which is enough to power 180,000 of households.