The 40 participants were trained during the month of January in the courses "Project Formulation for Entrepreneurship Funds" and "Composting Management".

Neighbors from communities surrounding the San Matías Wind Farm receive certification for courses developed by AES Chile and AIEP

February 9, 2024

At the Rural Drinking Water Committee headquarters in Millantú, the certification ceremony for the courses "Project Formulation for Entrepreneurship Funds" and "Composting Management" took place. These courses, implemented by AES Chile through its Foundation and the AIEP institute, benefited residents from communities near the San Matías Wind Farm. Both courses were conducted in person, benefiting around 40 participants, predominantly women seeking new tools to enhance their skills.

The first course, held at the Santa Fe Neighborhood Association, focused on relevant aspects when applying for a project: how to develop a business model, create a pitch, among others. Marlys Jara, who received certification for this course, expressed gratitude for the opportunity, adding that "these training opportunities that allow us to advance in our ventures, acquire new knowledge, and training are essential. Making ourselves known, sharing with neighbors, and building community are also fundamental in these processes."

The second course, held at the Rural Drinking Water Committee headquarters in Millantú, taught practical aspects of compost production and included field visits where participants were able to experience what was taught in class. Additionally, they were provided with a gardening toolkit to put their learning into practice. Magaly Padilla, one of the neighbors who participated in this course, highlighted that "it taught us how to reuse waste and create compost for our gardens and plants, thus contributing with a small grain of sand to the environment. Furthermore, we got to know and share with our neighbors in days of camaraderie and connection to become better individuals within our environment."

Benjamín Rengifo, territorial and community manager of AES Chile in the southern region of the country, stated that "we are very pleased because these initiatives open up new job opportunities and contribute to the local development of the communities where our wind farms are located."

The ceremony, held on January 29th, was attended by community leaders, representatives from AIEP, and AES Chile.