From Earthquake to Entrepreneur...Ecuador

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A 7.8 earthquake took place in Ecuador on April 16, 2016, at 18:58 ECT, with epicenter in Pedernales province of Manabi. Since April, we provided immediate basic needs to homeless families in a first stage. In October 2016, we raised a Community Development Center at Bahia de Caraquez to promote the micro-economic development and empower 300 families, providing them conferences, trainings and workshops to help people learn how to become entrepreneurs.

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The recent earthquake left 95% unemployed people, especially men skilled in agriculture and women engaged in informal trade. Some of these people lost their relatives and became household heads of their grandchildren. Instead of giving food to feed them for a day, we are teaching families to earn their livelihood with dignity for a lifetime.


We operate a Community Development Center that serves 300 families giving conferences, trainings and entrepreneurship workshops every 2 weeks. Providing them a Entrepreneurship Development Programme, women and men will be able to run their own small business or become self-employed, that will allow them to recover their self-esteem and be self-sustaining.

Long-Term Impact

The project aims to help 300 families that will allow them to rise out from this impact that affected their lives and provide them stability to move forward with their lives and their families.


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Organization Information

Israel Foundation - CDC Community Development Center

Location: Guayaquil, Guayas - Ecuador
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Project Leader:
Ana Maria Leon
Guayaquil, Guayas Ecuador

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