Intisisa

Our projects

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.

This foundation, called La Florcita (small flower) with 25 women-members, was created by the women in 2007 with the aim making and selling cookies and pasta made from Quinoa in order to increase their income.


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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.

This year Byron finished his ‘escuela’ in Guamote. Eva, the manager of the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse, decided to put Byron on a private training in Quito, called the ITHI which stands for Tecnologico Internacional de Turismo y Hoteleria. It is a special school for tourism-jobs such as guides, operators, financial jobs in tourism but also for hotels and bars. Byron is doing the national guide training and if everything is going fine he will finish his studies in the end of 2017.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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In October 2016 we came in contact with the Foundation Mamita Mía; a Dutch foundation led by the energetic and socially engaged Annelies Ton. The aim of the project is to increase social cohesion between single mothers since they have to work very hard in order to survive and thereby hit them into isolation. Single mothers can talk to each other, share experiences and they can help each other. With the sales of the bracelets, a study fund is created for the children of the single mothers. The idea is to make also earrings and necklaces. Apart from selling these products Mamita Mía also organises projects on schools, gives presentations and works together with other organisations.


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