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5. Microbusiness - more than 100 active families

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Pan de Vida has done an incredible job in the last few weeks, so that we are lookingafter 109 active microbusinesses by the deadline in mid-May .

A very special event for all of us was when we met in person for the first time on the Pan de Vida site and had a great face-to-face exchange. (so far we had only seen each other online for several months)


Dedicated donations for food parcels from Hilfe die ankommt were used as follows:

The donations serve a double purpose here in Ecuador:

  • on the one hand we can provide families in need with food parcels and

  • on the other hand, we buy these products from our own micro businesses. (see photo, empanadas that we put in the food parcels)

Thanks for your support!

#PraiseTheLord #empoweringpeople #microbusiness


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Here is the very moving story of Ana and her family

Ana and her husband have an eventful life story. (Refugees from Venezuela) When her husband fell ill with Corona through his work in the city hospital (security) in Quito and was therefore released, they quickly found themselves in an emergency again due to the quarantine regulations.

Ana was heavily pregnant at the same time and together with her other two children they were forbidden to leave the house. Ana turned to Pan de Vida for help via social media channels. When Oscar found out about their situation, he reacted very quickly. He grabbed a grocery package and made his way to her home. At the delivery, he prayed with them and delivered the package.

A few weeks later, Anna stood at PDV's door with a small thank you. Her husband has now recovered and they have set up a bakery together in their small apartment and started selling bread.

Ana applied for the microbusiness program at PDV and was accepted. With the $ 100 microcredit they were able to get enough ingredients to be accepted as a supplier by a grocery store. It's amazing for us to see how $ 100 can change lives!


Here are a few facts and figures that might be of interest to one or the other.

  • 88% of microbusinesses were founded by women , this is very often the case because women are left alone with their children and have to support their families somehow. Because of the high pressure, women are often more persistent and more successful than men in this area.

  • Breakdown by nationality: the high proportion of Venezuelan microbusiness results from the wave of refugees arriving in Ecuador from Venezuela. These people often come from the middle class and have a good education and work experience. Due to persecution, however, they had to flee their homeland and arrive here in Ecuador with nothing.

  • Division according to business We are very pleased that the agricultural sector continues to grow and that we can continue to advance the pillars of sustainability, ecological and ethnic


We are Daniel Metzler, Sylvia Metzler, Jakob Metzler, Olivia Metzler, Hannes Metzler.

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