In Ecuador, we invest in community-led approaches to challenges facing rural and urban communities, particularly women, indigenous people, and other underserved groups. Our grantee partners address food insecurity, grow local economies, and encourage leadership development.
Grantees also work with communities affected by the Venezuela humanitarian crisis that has brought more than 400,000 Venezuelans to Ecuador. By supporting local efforts to expand economic opportunity, advance gender equity, and integrate displaced Venezuelans, our grantee partners enhance peace and security and advance U.S. foreign policy.
We awarded our first grant in Ecuador in 1972. Since then, we have provided $38.4 million through 232 grants to local organizations.