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The average real minimum wage in Latin America has fallen by up to 35% since 1980 

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Labor is often the only asset the poor can use to improve their well-being

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A 10% INCREASE IN AVERAGE INCOME REDUCES A COUNTRY’S POVERTY RATE BY 20-30%


Ecuador

2018 data for ecuador at large

  • 3.5% of kids don’t work or study

  • 69% of women are underemployed

  • Overall underemployment is 23%

  • 58.9% illiterate female adults

  • Ecuador is #88 of 148 on the Gender Inequality Index measuring a female’s access to health, economic empowerment compared to males

THE RESPONSE

  • Professional Development Workshops

  • TEACHES

  • Adult English

  • Children’s English

  • Library and Community Center

  • Small Business Development

  • Due to rapid economic development in recent years at our current site and Ecuador at large, MPI’s long-term partner communities have fortunately changed from highly underserved residents to mostly moderately served residents. We are adapting our programs and locations to proactively benefit the highly underserved. 

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Ecuador Livelihood Programs


"In my house there are four people - my grandma, my aunt, my cousin and me. Neither my grandma or aunt work, so I need to study hard so I can work as a doctor to support my family."

- Genesis, 18
Resident of Cedro Galán, Nicaragua 

"Economic growth is the most powerful instrument for reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in developing countries."


- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Building Jobs and Prosperity in Developing Countries