The next study visit was to Dr. José Horwitz Barak Psychiatric Hospital which runs a Project named “La Cafeta”: a café run by residents of the clinic, offering coffee, food and beverages continued by a panel discussion with the ‘La Cafeta’ team (users), where participants (people with mental issues) gave insights on how they manage to run the café.
The highlight of the delegation’s visit was the one to Entrepreneurs expo – Hospital de día Alsino – where beneficiaries are supported to create their own products (sweets, handmade products such as purses, plants, packaging of goods, body painting, art, wooden furniture) and offer their products/services to the public, in a wonderful community space setting where inclusion is the key component for bringing success.
Partners had the chance to visit the stalls and talk with beneficiaries, gaining fruitful insights for the way they are working despite the challenges they face. Alsino also informed the delegation on a radio station that they have been running to raise awareness about mental health issues and how to support people facing such challenges to become autonomous and be an integral part of the society.
A round table followed by the initiatives related to ”Disability and Entrepreneurship” in Chile were presented.
Last meeting of the long trip was the initiative Siembra Inclusión: a social cooperative, dedicated to labor integration & development for children and adults with disabilities, providing also assistance and guidance to their parents. Two parents participated in the session, shared their experiences, challenges in helping their children to set up a business.
The visit is finalized by a closing ceremony.