Regional Randimpak Project

Indigenous women building their future.


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EC Ecuador

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About the project Edit

The Regional Randimpak Project Indigenous Women building their future, started in 2002, driven by the Ecuadorian Trust for Development Cooperation (FECD), a private non-profit, and with the support of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Andean Women and Family Foundation (FUNDAMYF) and grassroots organizations working in the project area.

The goal is to reduce poverty through a comprehensive development led by women of rural micro-Andean center region, with an environmentally friendly management whose emphasis is on improving production and marketing.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The initiative benefits 151 families of 5,849 communities.
With a policy of positive discrimination, the project works with women and their families, mostly indigenous, Quechua, who live in rural areas of the provinces of Chimborazo, Canar, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Bolivar Central Sierra in Ecuador.

The Regional Randimpak Project organized several activities in different dimensions, starting with awareness and training to give a theoretical basis to implement the project with successful results.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

In health and education, it focused on lowering infant and maternal mortality through prevention, and decreasing levels of illiteracy.

In the environmental field, it worked in reducing the causes of desertification of soils, one of the factors threatening food security of the population.

The social dimension is working to strengthen the formation and consolidation of women's organizations in the communities and the implementation of scenarios and actions to strengthen leadership and gain greater presence in the lives of their jurisdictions.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The project has achieved a significant increase in productivity and an increase in annual household income by 439%. Before operating the project, 4 out of 10 children had a normal weight, are now 8 out of 10. Child malnutrition was reduced from 70 to 30%, and achieved a return of 6% of male migrants.

Another result of great importance is the active role women have developed. Today, multiple agricultural extension work supporting other women demonstrating that it is possible to succeed, breaking with traditional imaginary relegated to second place for women in the field.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Before the implementation of the project, the population faced several problems being the poorest small farmers, who cultivate Andean grains and cereals. This is compounded by the degradation through deforestation, intensive production, monoculture and the expansion of the agricultural frontier.

In this context of poverty and limited opportunities, migration, mostly men, to cities and even abroad has grown.

This teared the family and women had to assume the burden of care and support of the family. The situation of women was worsened by the lack of access to credit and non-proprietary. They also lacked technical assistance or training to improve crop productivity.

This situation led to a reduction of 50% of production of indigenous families, increasing poverty levels and with them the infant and maternal mortality and malnutrition.

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