To enable women and men who are unemployed, have been laid off, are looking for a job for the first time, or are in a precarious occupation to develop a micro enterprise or be self-employed and generate an income higher than or equal to what they were earning when they joined the program.
The program, as indicated through various evaluations, is well targeted and is in fact reaching the intended population: people 18 years of age or older who live in poverty, indigence, or vulnerable situations and are unemployed or work in precarious occupations. The institution has created an application and selection process, as well as a regional dissemination process, so that people who are interested in the program and who have a FOSIS user profile can apply to the various institutional programs. Applications are taken at the FOSIS Citizen Information Office (OAC for its initials in Spanish) or in the municipalities, after which people who have been pre-selected are interviewed, using a standardized diagnostic and selection questionnaire.
The program offers an opportunity for 23,000 people who are living in vulnerable situations, in poverty or indigence, to access training geared toward self-employment. It also provides an economic incentive that will enable this population to work independently. This training process has been well-evaluated by entities outside of FOSIS.
Working material (a business plan) has been developed specifically for those who participate in the program. This material facilitates the learning process by incorporating basic elements of the program’s methodology.
Ministry of Social Development
Solidarity and Social Investment Fund, FOSIS
Intermediate implementing agencies, consultants, NGOs, municipalities, and provinces (Gobernaciones), among others
Private collaborating institutions (such as the University of Chile, among others).