CARE’s work in Ecuador

CARE started working in Ecuador in 1962 with the aim of improving the standard of living of Ecuador’s indigenous ethnic groups. Our projects have focused on democracy and governance, education, health, water and sanitation, natural resource management, incomes and livelihoods, women’s empowerment and gender equality, economic development, climate change adaptation and emergency and humanitarian work. Through all our programmes, we share our skills and knowledge with key local and national actors to build their capacity for development. We also support approaches developed by excluded groups and work with them to implement these.

Promoting education for all

Children from Ecuador’s minority ethnic groups only attend school for an average of four years, compared to the national average of more than seven. Although a multi-ethnic country, Ecuador’s national curriculum was previously in Spanish. CARE has helped to develop a bilingual curriculum in Spanish and Quechua, the most widely spoken language among indigenous people. This has made education accessible to a large number of children who were previously excluded from learning in schools.

Supporting rural livelihoods

We work with farmers to help them earn a decent living and grow enough food to feed their families year-round. In the Amazon basin, our work with local communities has allowed them to market local fruit under the Fairtrade label, ensuring they get a fairer price. High in the Andes, we are working with women farmers to help them adapt to the changing climate. We teach them innovative technologies and introduce crop varieties that are more likely to thrive in high winds, frost and poor soil. With low-cost greenhouses, organic fertilisers and ingenious systems to capture water from mountain mist, communities are finding it much easier to grow enough food. This in turn is helping reverse migration to urban areas, where people often end up begging to survive.

You can directly support poor entrepreneurs in Ecuador

Our Lendwithcare programme works with local microfinance institution partners to offer loans to people in poor communities who are starting or building up a small business. Find out more about Lendwithcare and how you can make a small loan directly to an entrepreneur in Ecuador.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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