Social Entrepreneurship | Social Impact
Social entrepreneurship is the attempt to draw upon business techniques to find solutions to social problems. Through our Rio Chico project we can provide economic support by generating jobs that shift families out of extreme poverty.
We estimate that in 2015-2017 we have contributed about $200,000.00 to the local economy through employment, using local vendors and resources and buying locally sourced materials. That is a huge impact in this area of artisans, fishermen and farmers.
I want you to meet some of the Ecuadorian people who are part of our community here. I want to share a bit of their lives with you and how our project is making a significant difference in their lives. You will find a special link to our social programming funding. I hope you will consider making a donation, any amount helps, so we can continue to support the improvements to our local community.
UPDATE APRIL 2017
We did it. We finally got potable water pipes installed on our street giving everyone on our street access to municipal water without having to carry it up on donkeys or pay for tanks to deliver their water. It took about six months but it's done! Things move slowly in Ecuador and there are many people involved that need to be included in these kinds of conversations. I give all the credit to Napo for having negotiated with the municipality to use our donation ($1000) wisely and specifically towards water, the life giving resource in our area.
Here is a short video and a few photos I took of the process. They had to dig up the street and lay the pipes. Then smooth everything over. It took two days. In June, they will return to fix the street again. The rainy season took its toll on the dirt that had been moved around leaving large crevasses and making it difficult to navigate when it rains.
Update December 8, 2016
We are in high gear to get the property ready.
It's been quite a year! So much done and so much to do. We've learned so much about so many things. We can definitely see the impact Oasis is having on our local community. Victor, our master woodworker, has made significant improvements to his modest home. Tito bought himself a motorcycle so he can travel faster and longer distances and save on taxi and bus fares. Nicolas got married and moved to Guayaquil. We have a few new workers including Luis who is a young man who lives on the property and is our right hand guy.
We have begun the process of getting a water mainline from the highway up the road through our community so everyone has water all the time and they don't have to depend on replenishing their cisterns. Water is life here so this is a big deal.
We have spoken to the community governance about helping with enlarging and updating the small church in Rio Chico. It has fallen into disrepair and it can no longer accommodate all the families in the community.
We also plan to help build a children's playground on the church grounds that is safe and entertaining to the kids and families.
Those are our major community projects so far.
And we could use your help.
Please consider a donation; any amount helps. It goes directly to the families in our area to improve their quality of life.
Here is a brief video on our recent donation - six chairs for the church school. You can see here how little things mean a lot here. As long as it's given with our hearts we know it's appreciated and helps.
Please consider donating to help us help these families.
We will be posting updates on this page periodically so be sure to check back. To receive updates on our progress, and to learn about reserving space for yourself or a group,
A portion of Quinta Oasis income will go to a fund specifically for our Rio Chico community service. We offer employment, we teach English classes and train local people to work in the tourism industry. We will have a community garden and eventually bring medical services for those who are unable to pay for their health care.