Trade for Development Centre is a programme of Enabel, the Belgian development agency.

Maquita Cushunchic Comercializando como Hermanos (MCCH)

Founded in 1985, Maquita Cushunchic Comercializando como Hermanos (MCCH) is a private, non-profit socio-economic institution. Maquita began its work with grassroots church communities in the south of Quito, Afro-Ecuadorian farmers from Esmeraldas, and indigenous people from Cotopaxi and Chimborazo who brought their products directly to sell them at markets, fairs and through distribution groups in Quito.   It began with basic products, forming a network […]


Few countries can boast as much natural and cultural wealth as Ecuador. Its four major assets: the coastline, the sierra, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands constitute four ecosystems with an infinite biodiversity. Twenty-five percent of the population is made up of indigenous communities with ancestral traditions, whose assertion of their identity has made Ecuador a […]


As the world’s 12th biggest coffee-exporting country, Ecuador is one of the few countries to produce both of the two significant beans consumed worldwide: Arabica and Robusta. Despite that fact, many Manabi farmers in the north-west of the country struggle to make a decent living. The already small growing areas in the region have been […]


ASOGUABO, or the association of small banana producers of El Guabo, was founded in 1997 by 14 producers in El Guabo, Ecuador. In 1990, the Ecuadorian banana industry was mainly dominated by giant multinationals, while small producers had to sell their bananas through traders that enjoyed offering a meagre price. The first 14 producers of […]


The federation of small bio agri-exporters in the south of Ecuador, or APEOSAE, is a second-degree cooperative created in 2006 to provide better commercial alternatives for coffee, cocoa, bananas and other agricultural products from the farms of its members. APEOSAE commercialised certified bio and fair trade products. Due to the structural limitation to the collection, […]

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