An evaluation revealed that the training of agromechanics and construction machinery mechanics was an urgent need.
This evaluation also marked the beginning of the decades of partnership between Swisscontact and SECAP.
On 18 November, Swisscontact started the first instructor training. One year later, several different training courses already existed, from basic education to mobile training courses for the maintenance of tractors.
Swisscontact introduced a new type of animal ploughs and had hundreds of them produced locally.
Swisscontact handed over the project to local organisations and withdrew from Ecuador for several years.
Swisscontact was again present in Ecuador. In addition to initial project clarifications, two assignments of the Senior Expert Corps in a wool spinning mill and a rice mill were conducted.
The "Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises" (PROFOPEM) project was launched.
The purpose of the PROFOPEM project was to strengthen the metalworking industry by developing business support services. At that time already, Swisscontact was supporting local savings and loan cooperatives.
One component of the project resumed the sale of soil-preserving agricultural equipment.
The total volume of the project was doubled. The project, previously limited to the metals sector, now also included wood and leather/shoes.
Women entrepreneurs were given special support through a separate project, which lasted six years.
The project PROFOPI aimed to promote vocational training in Ecuador. It focused on strengthening existing schools and programs, in order to achieve their institutional and financial sustainability, and to insert them into the National Vocational Training System SNFP.
Swisscontact starts to implement a new project with the goal to reduce industrial emissions. Interventions take place in various areas, for example in electroplating. They aim at reducing solvents in paints and at professional disposal of lubricating oil and industrial sludge.
The support of savings and loan cooperatives became a separate project and remained a core area of Swisscontact's activities in Ecuador for the next 12 years.
After 11 years, the project for SME promotion comes to an end.
Swisscontact started to work in value chain development in Ecuador. A first project in this area improved market access for disadvantaged groups by promoting and strengthening links between value chain actors and lowering transaction costs.
Additional projects for strengthening the savings and credit cooperatives were introduced. They focused on the implementation of communal microcredit in the savings and credit cooperatives, or on the rural population receiving remittances.
In several Latin American countries, among them Ecuador, Swisscontact implemented a programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in local brick factories by promoting market validated technology to improve based on energy efficiency and exchange of experiences in different countries, as well as impact on national policy.
EMPRENDE is a project to promote inclusive value chains and small farming families. It aims to improve productivity and quality in coffee and cocoa farming.
Through the FINCA project, Swisscontact supports cocoa farmers in cultivating the high-quality fine cocoa of the CNA variety in sufficient quantities and organic quality. The project specifically focuses on the approach of dynamic agroforestry.
Swisscontact closes its office in Ecuador after 45 years.