Entrepreneur Development





History Logs

Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Ecuador

Location: Guayaquil

Total Budget: $57,013

Area of Focus: Economic and community development

This entrepreneur program development supports poor women and men to develop technical, social, and financial skills to create and formalize collaborative small companies. These startups are created around the development, production and sale of a product. This goal will be achieved by providing the equipment for two manufacturing facilities for clothing and shoes; the workshops will allow improvement on production capacity and product quality.

The project is led by Corporación Viviendas del Hogar de Cristo, a social cooperative organization from the Jesuit community. Since 1971, Hogar de Cristo has developed programs on Sustainable Human Development aimed extreme underserved populations, with vulnerability and exclusion conditions along the Ecuadorian Coast. Some of these programs have received the support of several Rotary Clubs started more than 10 years ago, for example, Housing, Community Banking, and Mechanical Cows which produce high protein soy milk. Up to now the program has had some success at promoting the social and economic empowerment of women and men from the poorest communities in greater Guayaquil which has a population of over two million persons, and contributing to income generation and quality life improvement in the areas of textiles and footwear, leading to formal associations and collaborative alliances. However, in order to increase production and not depend on third party rented facilities and equipment, and facing challenges of cost, location, availability, safety, and quality. These entrepreneurs need financial support for training in manufacturing workshops, acquiring their own equipment with focus on textiles and footwear products.

Sustainability will be an upmost concern of the Cooperative Organization, Hogar de Cristo, and they will have available a Manufacturing Facilities Manual which emphasizes training, maintenance, and security of equipment and tips for entrepreneur direction in addition to training workshops. The Host Club, Guayaquil Norte, District 4400, with guidance from the International Club, La Mesa Sunrise, District 5340, will work together in assuring continuity after project funds are exhausted.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4400

Rotary Club of: Guayaquil Norte

Primary Contact: Xavier Sanchez Polit

Email: xsanpol@asoquim.com.ec

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: La Mesa Sunrise

Primary Contact: David Ballesteros

Email: david.ballesteros@sdsu.edu

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means the application has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, and the project is ready for implementation.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1638521.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Guayaquil Norte (4400)





La Mesa Sunrise (5340)





El Cajon Sunset (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

Creation of project page.


System Entry

Pledge of $2,600 with $2,600 DDF by Richard Macau of the Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset, District 5340.


System Entry

Pledge of $4,900 with $4,900 DDF by David Ballesteros of the Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise, District 5340.


System Entry

Project is now "Fully Pledged".


System Entry

Project reverted to "Published".


System Entry

Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Marge Cole

The District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee approved this grant at its April 2016 meeting. The Committee also approved a DDF match of $4900. to Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise and $2600. to El Cajon Sunset Rotary Club.


by David Ballesteros

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

On December first we opened tha Bank account in order to receive the funds from TRF and partner clubs for this project . We will send the bank information to you and to TRF in the next days.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

On January 23rd Funds were received for TRF,we start implementing the Project.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

In the last weks we had been working with the suppliers of equipment and machinery, receiving quotes and prices, now we are ready to buy the machines in the next days. Also we will start the electrical instalations in the workshops.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

At this moment we had bought the machines for textiles and shoes workshops, We are hiring the electrical contractor and receiving quotes for the electrical instalation.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

During this month of July we had finished the electrical instalations for the Textile and footwear workshops, and by week of July 10th we are receiving and installing the machines.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

In August 2, we delivered the sewing machines and other machines for the shoe workshop. The ladies received training in using the machiines by the suppliers. By the end of August we gave training to the ladies with a workshop of manufacturing pants. In September they are looking for contracts and visiting potential customers.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

During September,October, November and December, they had received lockers, tables, tools, for the Textiles and Shoe shops, also the groups had received training courses in how to manufacture trousers, bags, sandals. Onb December 15th they will open a fair to show and sell their materials.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

On December 15th , The entreprenours groups organized a Fair, selling their clothes,pants, sandals, shoes,manufactured in the Textiles and shoe workshops, they sold around $ 1122 dollars, and received orders to manufacture new clothes and shoes.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

Today I sent a partial inform to TRF.

I adviced David Ballesteros to check it, and send his autorization.


by Xavier Sanchez Polit

We sent by the end of February, a partial inform to TRF, we are waiting for its approval. During the last months, entreprenours had received training in shoe manufacture, and had sold to a couple of oompanies their products, and do marketing visiting future customers.

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