Welcome to our website ! Our vision is to inspire & promote international understanding through education and cultural exchange between South America - Ecuador and the rest of the world. To help people rediscover life with purpose, integrity and compassion, benefit from our experiences, and acquire knowledge for living in harmony in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. To share our "life changing adventure experiences" with family and friends worldwide. We have consolidated a wealth of the best resources on Ecuador, along with travel journals and photos. Our hope is that you will find this a valuable, user friendly resource network, which enriches your life, enables you to learn, challenges your thinking, and empowers you to discover and undertake your own new experiences and adventures.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

KIVA - Help impoverished people create opportunity for themselves !

Many of our readers from around the globe have been inquiring on how they can meaningful contribute, or help poor citizen's in Ecuador, or any other developing country within the constraints of their busy lives.  Volunteer exchange vacations are an increasingly popular way to enjoy a country while contributing meaningfully in some way to its citizens.    On the lower right section of this website we have established a volunteer links section to an extensive network of volunteer organizations where you can find your specific passion, or interest, and contribute several weeks of your time to a project during your next vacation period.

Donations of money, clothing, school supplies,  used books,  and old computers can easily be put to good use here.  While you can certainly fill any voids in  your suitcase when you visit, the challenge of the logistical cost of shipping small quantities of such items is high.  In your community if you would like  to collect " a container " of items to donate we can work with you in creating the necessary contacts, supplying a container,  identifying funding sources for  shipping, paperwork, and other resources to make your program a success.  If you need help getting started or organized we would be pleased to assist you in your  endeavor. 

We have recently discovered another innovative option which enables you to loan your money to an entrepreneur in a developing country in a wide variety of projects.  Kiva is a non-profit organization which leverages the internet to allow people worldwide to lend as little as $ 25 to help alleviate poverty. 

Founded in 2005, Kiva now has about 1,225,000 lenders providing $ 625 million in loans to entrepreneurs in 80 different developing nations.  They currently have a 98.97 % success rate with repayment. You can participate with as little as $ 25 .

There are 54 entrepreneurs seeking assistance in Ecuador please join us in helping them raise the required capital to enable them to improve their standard of living and achieve their dreams. Pick your favourite country and find a project you would like to support and put your idle cash to good use !
For more information or to make a loan now.

"We envision a world where all people - even in the most remote areas of the globe - hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others."

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