The Esmeraldas Province is one of the poorest areas in the Country and for this reason we have been operating in the communities of Sálima, 10 de Agosto and Macará since 2016 in the aftermath of an earthquake.
The Ecuadorian government declared the state of emergency in mid March 2020 because of Covid-19 and ordered a total quarantine (with the exclusion of essential jobs and those necessary for the delivery of food and medicine). Considering that most people operate within the informal economy, the emergency has also become a social and food issue.
Members of local communities have pointed out the risk of closing the business activities that are part of the “Sunrise Ecuador” project due to a lack of customers of their bakery and chicken farm.
The families connected to the project are risking their source of income. In addition more than 800 families wound not be able to have enough food.
This is why the “Esperanza” emergency project came to be: the production of both the bakery and the chicken farm is bought to save jobs and is distributed to families in need free of charge.
Local communities are getting stronger and more capable of leading their own development. As a consequence, the very members of the local communities will directly manage the activities with some help from the outside even in this period of emergency: a better future is in their own hands.
- Food raw materials sourcing and delivery
- Buying products of the community bakery and chicken farm
- Food logistics and distribution to 400 families in conjunction with local institutions
The project is carried out with EDC contributions Economy of communion: € 60,559.13