In Ecuador, we invest in community-led approaches to challenges facing rural and urban communities, particularly Afro-Ecuadorians, indigenous people, and other underserved groups. Our grantee partners address food insecurity, grow local economies, and promote resilience.
Grantees also work with communities affected by the Venezuela humanitarian crisis that, in 2018 alone, brought more than one million displaced Venezuelans into Ecuador. By supporting local efforts to expand economic opportunity 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 $37 million through 226 grants to local organizations.