We invite you to watch this short, 3-minute video by Blind Lyle Films featuring our projects in Ecuador and highlighing many of the people most impacted by our programs.
In 2011, IMARE formed the village of Buena Vista’s first farmers’ co-op. Led by a woman president, half of the 12-person group’s members are women. The members own very little land, with the average family owning .2 hectares. Recognizing that the amount of land owned by each family was a limiting factor for the cultivation of vegetables for sales, they pooled their resources and leased an additional plot of land on which to grow their crops. The group chose to grow cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. They use the leased land for demonstration plots that allow each family to learn how to grow the chosen crops, replicating the techniques in their individually owned lands.
A buyer has been chosen and the crops have been harvested and sold in July and August. The group will also obtain a space in the local market to sell directly to the public.
In addition to increasing production, the group’s members attend food preparation demonstrations that teach members how to incorporate the produce into their families’ diets. Their goals for this year include maximizing their income by pooling their resources and collectively administering the production on the leased land. They also hope to position themselves for a productive microenterprise in the local market.