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    Active grantees: 9
    IAF commitment: $2,077,729
    Counterpart value: $2,699,603
    Total investment: $4,777,332
    Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, cultural expression, education/training, enterprise development, inclusion of African descendants.

    Contact information
    Ginger Deason, Foundation Representative
    Monica Radwan, Program Assistant
    Susana Ricaurte, Local Liaison

    Active Grantees

    Fundación para la Vida Sostenible Yanapuma (Fundación Yanapuma) will work in four Tsa'chila communities around Santo Domingo de las Tsa'chilas to support environmentally sustainable development through cultivating cacao and family gardens, marketing excess production and learning to process cacao into paste and candy. About 130 Tsa'chila peoples will participate in project activities that will indirectly benefit an additional 650 family members.

    Agrupación Afro-Ecuatoriana "Mujeres Progresistas" (AAMP) will build a center to house three new community businesses in Comunidad Nigeria, Isla Trinitaria, Guayaquil: a restaurant with a conference room, a beauty salon and a hostel. It will provide commercial services in underserved neighborhoods in Guayaquil. AAMP's 300 members will benefit directly and 5,000 family members and neighbors should benefit indirectly.

    Fundación de Organizaciones Campesinas de Salinas (FUNORSAL) will expand Hilandería Intercomunal Salinas (HIS), its model enterprise that produces industrial-quality thread, into six additional locations. It will work with the residents, comprising 480 indigenous sheep and alpaca farmers, to improve their herds, launch businesses and organize as communities. The project is expected to benefit 1,000 families in the provinces of Bolívar, Tungurahua and Chimborazo.

    Asociación de Mujeres de Juntas Parroquiales Rurales de Ecuador (AMJUPRE) will offer 350 indigenous and African descendent women training that enables their more active participation in the economy and civic life of the provinces of Esmeraldas and Pastaza, including through public funding of their proposals for community development. The project will also benefit 1,400 family members.

    Fundación para Conservación y Desarrollo Colinas Verdes (Colinas Verdes) in coordination with Asociación Agroartesanal de Productores Ecológicos de Café Especial del Cantón Loja (APECAEL), Colinas Verdes will work with 720 coffee farmers to undertake an integrated program of pest management; plant trees to diversify food and cash crops; and encourage young people to work on family farms. An additional 3,000 residents of Vilcabamba, Loja, in southern Ecuador, will also benefit.

    Asociación de Producción de Cacao y Derivados "Aromas del Sur" (ASOPROMAS) will work in Playas de Cuye, province of Zamora Chinchipe, to improve its members' production of cacao, industrialize its processing of candies, cultivate new markets and grow as an organization. The project should benefit 100 Ecuadorians directly and another 200 indirectly.

    Red de Productoras Agroecológicas Biovida (Biovida) will carry out a participatory feasibility study to determine the demand for expanding its fertilizer production to other organic producers, develop business and marketing plans and launch a small processing plant. Approximately 80 women will benefit from the grant activities and another 3,000 persons, principally consumers, will benefit indirectly.

    Movimiento de Economía Social y Solidaria del Ecuador (MESSE) will work within northern Ecuador to encourage the application of agroecological practices and develop the fair-trade market for produce by introducing a “participatory guarantee systems,” a certification process that involves farmers and consumers. The increased income will directly benefit 400 Ecuadorians, 70 percent of whom are women. The nutritional value of diversified crops grown without chemical fertilizers will also reach 4,000 family members and consumers.

    Red de Turismo Comunitario del Austro (Pakariñan) will work with 675 artisans from southern Ecuador to develop their production; their skills in business administration, including leadership and negotiation; and outlets for their crafts that operate in Cuenca and online according to the principles of fair trade. The artisans will expand their product line and design repertoire and will form an organization. The resulting increase in income should benefit another 375 Ecuadorians indirectly.