AVANZAR creates programs which address the socio-economic demands that are left behind by the governmental and private sectors, and chooses existing projects which need an injection of resources (human as well as financial) in order to develop, grow and succeed.
Atelier Avanzar creates handmade products of superb quality, vibrant patterns, and timeless design. Each one of our pieces is made with love, dedication, and lots of hope for a better future. All our products are made with highly ethical production standards with the purpose of reaching economic and social performance.
For 20 years now, FUNDACION AVANZAR has been active supporting underprivileged women living in precarious conditions in Ecuador. In the video, which can be seen in our MEDIA section, you can see how it all began and where the journey has led until today.
The figures speak for themselves: We have enabled 1,000 women through education to lead a self-determined and dignified life in financial independence. At the Ludoteca in the Hospital Vicente Corral Moscoso, 30,000 children have been treated with therapies and have had a smile put on their faces. 30 volunteers from different countries work on site. 5 NGOs have received financial support. Over the past 20 years, FUNDACION AVANZAR has grown from a small idea to an organization now indispensable in Cuenca and employs 7 people in their administration.
We started a new gastronomy course, this time with 25 women. To date, we have been able to offer these courses to 60 women annually. As of this year, we can not only accept more women per class, but we also have three courses in the program instead of just two. Thus, as many as 100 women will benefit from the training and be able to sustain themselves and their families with their small catering businesses.
"It is only possible to advance when one looks far ahead.
One can only make progress by thinking big."
José Ortega y Gasset