In Ecuador, we invest in community-led approaches to address challenges facing rural and urban communities, particularly among 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 and integrate displaced Venezuelans, our grantees enhance peace and security and advance U.S. foreign policy.
We awarded our first grant in Ecuador in 1972. Since then, we have provided $39.4 million through 236 grants to local organizations.