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The bead-family in Guamote

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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.


In October2016 we came in contact with the Foundation Mamita Mía; a Dutch foundation led by the energetic and socially engaged Annelies Ton.

Annelies worked for 2 years as a volunteer in the poor south part of Quito and learned how difficult and hard life can be for single mothers. Annelies decided to create a group of mothers and to start a group that makes bracelets from recycled materials such as magazines. 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. In October 2016 Annelies and Wytze met and Annelies went to the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse in Guamote. Together they came up with the idea to start a Mamita Mía project in Guamote and help the Monte family.

In the past weeks, the first beads have been made by the whole family. Wytze takes them to Quito where the Ecuadorian coordinator Doña Rocío makes the bracelets. Doña Rocío lives alone and takes care of her father, 89 years old. She lost a daughter 15 years ago in an accident. Participating in Mamita Mía gives her the good feeling that she has an active role in society. For her work, she receives a fee.

When the bracelets are ready Wytze takes them back to Guamote and in the Inti Sisa Art Guest House, we try to sell the bracelets to the tourists.

We hope we will sell a lot of these handmade bracelets, earrings and necklaces so we can help the Monte family!

This very sympathetic project fits completely into the atmosphere of Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse/CE Travels´ mission: TOURISM IN FAVOR OF ALL OF US.

Quito, Ecuador, November 2016

Wytze van Goor