The city of Quilpué is the capital of Marga in the Marga Province in central Chile, with a population of approximately 165,000 people.
Quilpué has enjoyed significant growth and success from many social service programmes that have addressed poverty and educational attainment levels. While basic infrastructure has drastically improved with close to 90% of roads paved and a basic standard of housing infrastructure in place, more has to be done to improve gender inequality and children’s rights.
Since 1983, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Quilpué.
While Quilpué itself has relatively low levels of poverty at under 10%, in neighbouring communities about 25% of the population is living in poverty.
Access to basic needs continues to be a struggle and basic infrastructure remains poor. A glaring discrepancy is growing between the regions with differences in healthcare provision and employment opportunities.
Teenage pregnancies and malnourishment in children are also on the rise. This has resulted in increasing social problems in Quilpué.
Although the government has successfully introduced measures to reduce poverty, there is still a significant degree of income inequality and wealth distribution.
While measures focused on reducing poverty are in place, there is still an unequal opportunity for employment. This has led to growing social problems such as an increasing crime rates, with the number of crimes and robberies in Quilpué currently amounting to 72%.