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  • Writer's pictureSylvia Metzler

The poverty is growing!

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Poverty continues to grow among the broader population. Rising unemployment and the recession are the main reasons for this. The newspapers and news report rising corona numbers and full hospitals.

What affects us more in the relief organization is the massive increase in poverty.


A person who has to get by on less than $ 47 a month is classified as extremely poor . (These people are also distinguished from those who still own land.)

Over the past year, more than one million people in Ecuador have fallen below the extreme poverty line. (i.e. you have a maximum of $ 1.5 per person per day )

What does this poverty entail? It is becoming increasingly clear to us here that financial poverty brings with it many other aspects of poverty. In the relief organization we experience that a large part of the work in the microbusiness area is, for example, motivation work. Poverty paired with hopelessness is deep in people's bones. They don't believe that they can get out of poverty. Many give up before they really take off. Unfortunately, we also had to experience this in some of our microbusinesses .

An experienced Ecuadorian doctor gave us insights into what childhood poverty does to people's health. People in poverty are often unable to supply their bodies with vitamins and minerals and with nutrients in general from an early age. He tells us that constant undernourishment and malnutrition lead to many deficiency symptoms. This deficiency also has a strong influence on mental development. How are you supposed to think out of the box, find solutions to problems again and again when the body is primarily geared towards survival. This mental leeway is lost.

Pan de Vida is also trying to counter this with vitamin capsules, food packages and education!


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

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