Where We Work: Ecuador
Through our award-wining entra21 employability initiative, we equipped “hard to hire” youth here with the right training to meet employer needs in the food service and hospitality industries.
Of the young Ecuadorians we served together with our local partner, most had either dropped out of school or belonged to a minority ethnic group. In addition to the entra21 graduates who secured jobs and internships, more than half of participants opted to re-enroll in school. The work also garnered national attention and systems change: the government adapted the model for broader replication across the country. In addition, Ecuador’s Fundación Esquel was the first member of IYF’s global partner network.