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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%


Countries

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Ecuador

THE NEED

  • Underemployment in Ecuador is 52.5%
  • 70% of rural Ecuadorians live in poverty
  • 11.6% of women are unable to find work
  • Cost of loaf of bread $1.43
  • Farm workers earn $3/day; basic necessities for a family of four: $9.60

THE RESPONSE

  • Adult English
  • Children’s English
  • Library and Community Center
  • Small Business Development
  • Teen Center

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Nicaragua

THE NEED

  • 76% of population lives on > $2/day 
  • Second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
  • A doctor earns $544/month
  • Price of a meal at McDonalds: $5.00
  • A teacher earns around $205 a month
     

THE RESPONSE

  • Adult English
  • Children’s English
  • English Vocational Training
  • Youth Medical Career Education

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Ecuador Livelihood Programs


Nicaragua 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