In order to provide socially-and-economically-disadvantaged women with vocational opportunities to help lift them out of a life of poverty, FEDES provides a hairdressing course, as well cosmetology courses. Since the women come from extremely poor social strata, they also receive subsidies for transport.
At the end of the course, graduates do a month-long internship at a hair salon. And if the graduates so desire, seed capital can be provided to help them start their own business.
Chile’s emerging middle class is becoming a larger market for beauty services, so many opportunities prevail.