Cuenca artisans in southern Ecuador struggle to make a living to support themselves and their families. Red de Turismo Comunitario del Austro Pakariñan (Pakariñan) works with artisans to develop their skills in production, leadership and negotiation and to expand their sources of income through regional and online fair-trade markets. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Ecuador. Pakariñan’s activities encourage small business growth, local entrepreneurship and market development to ensure meaningful opportunities for communities to thrive.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Strengthening of productive capacities and trade of handicrafts and SME organizations members of Red de Turismo Comunitario del Austro Pakariñan||Ecuador||2015 – 2018||$200,000||$234,705||675 individuals||civic engagement|
leadership and education
job skills and enterprise development
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