START PROJECT: June 2014
The community Bayushi de San Vicente, high in the Andean mountains and around 5 kilometres south of Riobamba, consist of 65 families. People grow corn, potatoes and quinoa and some have guinea pigs, a cow or a pig. The economic situation is rather bad and people are poor in the sense that their yearly income is far below the minimum. A lot of the women do not have a husband (he is gone or dead) and that makes them (alone) responsible for the income and their children. Some elder women receive help from their independent living (married) children. Other women work as a cleaning lady in families in Riobamba and earn about U$180,00 a month while the minimum income is U$366,00 a month. They do not dare to stand up for their rights afraid as they are losing their job. In that way, their employer can do what he/she wants. Their income is too much to die and too little to live on. If one of the animals is sick they cannot e.g. call a veterinarian. They are not in the health insurance fund and most of them have no education.
START PROJECT: October 2016
Byron is 19 years old and our neighbour and lives with his sister/brothers and mother in Guamote, at the other side of the street were the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse is located.
Byron has 4 brothers and one sister:
*Norman, 23 years old and currently living on the Galapagos.
*Holger, 21 years and living at home.
*Alex, 17 years old and living at home.
*Diego, 15 years old and living at home.
*Juanita, 14 years old and living at home.
Byron´s mother looks after the children and his father works at the municipality. However, he has to end his work in December 2016, due to the bad financial situation of the country.
Since we operate the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse with 24 rooms the brothers are helping us and through this way they take advantage of the tourism. They started helping to take the suitcases of the tourists inside, later they did some easy jobs in the Guesthouse and after that they helped in the kitchen cleaning the dishes, serving the food in the restaurant and preparing the tables for breakfast next morning.
START PROJECT: November 2016
On November 18th and 19th 2016, Inti Sisa organized, together with Snap Spay and Neuter Ambato Program and the municipality of Guamote, a free dogs and cats sterilization – castration campaign in Guamote. As in a lot of Ecuadorian cities and villages, also in Guamote, there is a problem of overpopulation of dogs, living and causing annoyance in the streets. The best solution is castrating and sterilizing, to prevent further propagating and to make the animals more docile. Thanks to Eva´s (Inti Sisa manager) big love for dogs and the good contacts she has with Diego Barrera, the head veterinarian of the program, Inti Sisa managed to organize this campaign for the first time in the history of Guamote. Ten American veterinarians and vet assistants, and 3 Ecuadorian veterinarians from Ambato, came two days to the village to operate in total 204 cats and dogs. We were a bit worried that people wouldn’t bring their animals. But we were absolutely stunned by the outcome. People from all over Guamote, and also from further communities came with their pets.
START PROJECT: February 2015
Since February 2015 we provide healthy school lunches to 130 elementary school kids. Every week we send loads of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, rice and grains to three different mountain schools. The parents and the teacher have rotated cooking schedules so the kids get a nutritious meal every day. For a lot of children, this meal is the best meal of the day. As studying with an empty stomach is very difficult this food project is giving very good results. It is inspiring to see how these kids come running to the car to check out which food they will get that week.
START PROJECT: September 2013
For 3 years we work together with a family (one of the few in the region) that makes traditional clothing (ponchos, balletas (women scarfs), samaro (rodeo trousers). From shearing their animals, spinning the wool and weaving the clothes they do everything the traditional way. When last year their old weaving chair was falling apart, we were able to buy a new weaving chair. We visit this family with our groups and individual tourists. When the weavers sell nothing to the tourists they receive from us U$1,00 per visitor with a minimum of U$5,00 per visit.
START PROJECT: November 2016
At the other side of the street where the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse is situated lives the family Monte. The family consists of the mother, her 7 children and 1 granddaughter. The two fathers left.
*Mother Maria Rosa is 31 years old so she gave birth to her eldest daughter when she was 12 years old. She sometimes has a job as doing laundry or helping to sell food. She earns about U$50,00 per month.
*Daughter Janneth is 19 years old. She studies 2 days a week in college.
*Daughter Miriam is 16 and goes to college.
*Daughter Dolores is 14 years old and also goes to college.
*Her son Segundo is 11 years old and goes to the local school.
*Alex is 9 years old and also goes to the local school.
*Sara, her daughter, is 2 years old.
*Luci is 6 months old, and
*Ruth is the daughter of Janneth, thus granddaughter from Maria.
Of course, Maria´s income, 50 dollars per month, is not enough. Too little to die, not enough to live. She receives help from the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse, e.g. food. Sometimes the children knock at the Guesthouse door because they are hungry and did not eat the whole day.
The school costs 5 dollars per month and a uniform 40 dollars per year, per child. Apart from these costs, they have to buy the school materials. A total of 80 dollars per year per child. The four oldest children dream to become a doctor and Alex wants to be an artist.