Cartier Philanthropy - Improving the lives of indigenous women in the Andean highlands

Improving the lives of indigenous women in the Andean highlands

Completed

In the Chota Valley, a region of vast diversity with some of the highest levels of poverty in Ecuador, CARE has worked with indigenous and Afro-descendant women to improve their livelihoods through the development of resilient, eco-friendly local micro-businesses.

Duration
2013-2017
Focus area
Women’s Social and Economic Development Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems
country
Ecuador
partner
CARE

Results achieved

In the Chota Valley, a region of vast diversity with some of the highest levels of poverty in Ecuador, CARE has worked with indigenous and Afro-descendant women to improve their livelihoods through the development of resilient, eco-friendly local micro-businesses.

About 300 women engaged in agricultural, livestock or handicraft activities learned to assess their production and processing techniques — from harvesting and storage to pricing, marketing and packaging — with a view to enhancing their efficiency and profitability.

The revamped micro-businesses have seen their revenues increase by 38%. Equipped with new financial and organizational skills, these women have gained easier access to loans and markets, pioneering four Village Savings and Loan Associations to collectively save and borrow money.

Through dedicated training modules they are now better informed of their economic and social rights, and fully empowered to plan their future and play a stronger role in their communities.

The programme’s deep integration in the local political framework contributed to the advancement of crucial public policies promoting the creation of inclusive enterprises that favour indige-nous women.