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6. Microbusiness - continued

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

The system is developed and the processes are running.

We already have 185 micro-entrepreneurs initiated.


Train the Trainer Concept:Train the Trainer Concept:


Value added Products:

Sylvia in Otovalo ....

The following courses are still being planned:

  1. Design postcards and tags yourself (with Sylvia)

  2. Organic cultivation and keeping of animals (with Alex)

  3. Wool jackets for children and babies (with Reinelde)

  4. Products that can be made from "Golden Beers"

  5. Bake whole wheat bread yourself (with Wilhelm)

  6. Preserve food e.g. (pesto, sugo, ...) (with Sylvia)


Create Community:

Once a month, despite the strong pandemic rules, our mentors meet their entrepreneurs in person on the Pan de Vida site. The motto is "Create Community". Just as we as Christians need community, so too must entrepreneurs network and exchange ideas.

We create synergies and a space for lively exchange.

Conclusion of a very nice and personal entrepreneur meeting in Pan de Vida with praise!


Numbers and facts:

For those of you who are still interested in a few numbers:

To get 185 started in business, the PDV team had to do an incredible job.

  • So we invited 1218 people for orientation.

  • 526 people took part

  • 390 have completed an application to take part in the MEP program

  • 245 were approved by the committee

  • 209 have given us a list of materials

  • 196 of them were approved by the committee (note: the list of required material is always an indicator of the person's expertise)

  • 190 have signed a contract with PDV

  • 185 received the material by July 31, 2021 and started their entrepreneurship

Process funnel:

  • 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: Due to the increasing proportion of agricultural projects, the proportion of locals has risen sharply again.

  • Breakdown by 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 ethical . Of the current 185 MEPs, 80 are active in the agricultural sector.

I hope we could give you a little insight. If any of you would like more information or have ideas about what we can introduce in the "Value added Products" area, please contact us . We look forward to your contribution!


We are Daniel Metzler, Sylvia Metzler, Jakob Metzler, Olivia Metzler, Hannes Metzler. Learn more about mustard seed | The Metzler family at Pan de Vida in Ecuador


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