Ecuador Sustainable Plans
Sustainable plans were introduced in Ecuador in 2009 with Plan Moo, which along with Plan Cuy, now help cover further education costs of the children, including college and university. Further investment is being made in more diverse plans to bring income into the communities for the families and to help cover our project costs.
60 families benefit from sustainable plans as of December 2016.
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Plan Pollo was introduced in January 2015 in Muenala with the sales of eggs being shared between the communities and the project costs. The old classrooms are being used.
Plan Ironwoman was started in 2012 with the aim to provide sustainable iron-rich crops for pregnant mothers to fight infant malnutrition. Investment was made in materials, tools and seeds.
Plan Cuy (guinea pigs) was introduced in 2011 with the building of cuy houses and the rearing of guinea pigs for sale. The income helps with further education costs.
Plan Papa was introduced in 2013 with the sales of potatos. It covered wages though due to problems with the weather, the yield covered costs only. It may be trialled again in 2015.
Vegetable gardens started in 2013 provide regular food for school meals and the community.
Plan Moo was started in 2009 with families receiving a cow and the income derived from milk sales and subsequent calves' milk helps cover secondary school, college and further education costs of the children in the communities.