Introduction to Productive Units
One of the main challenges of the Arco Iris (Rainbow) Foundation is to implement the processes that strive to reach a solid independence for the beneficiaries of the different projects. In this aspect, the Foundation doesn’t have the idea of a permanent or continuous long term assistance.
To achieve this goal, the Arco Iris Foundation has created several productive units where teenagers, with the monitoring of qualified personnel and instructors, get a skill training and learn to work with responsibility, punctuality and honesty. These units are: A bakery, a wood carpentry, a handcraft shop, fabrication of clothes including weaving cloth, cosmetology learning center and a coffeehouse – restaurant.
The productive units self sustain their own expenses but do not cover the investment costs of machinery, tools, infrastructure, etc.
The units employ around 50 people, 20 of them are skilled workers that got the foundation assistance when they were young, 10 of them are fulltime instructors and professionals and the other 20 are youngsters that are being trained and work as apprentices.
The apprentices also study at other technical teaching institutions and the complete training program lasts around two tears.
At present, the Foundation has 3 Productive Centers
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