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April 24, 2020 2 min read

24 April, 12:00

The Pucara Project: Grassroots Indigenous Community support in Ecuador

Published by Case,  Co-Founder, Pokoloko

Our friends in the community of Pucara, Ecuador are struggling due to lack of food access and rising food costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pucara is a rural Indigenous village in northern Ecuador near and dear to our hearts, where we've been working and visiting for years.

The Pucara Project is a grassroots community initiative organized by a local Spanish school and guesthouse.In response to the dire situation across Ecuador, this project is organizing to provide 250 food and hygiene kits immediately to the elderly, single-parent families, large families, and people without arable land in their community.

A traditional Quechua farming community in the Andes.

The community of Pucara is a small traditional farming community in the Andes nestled between the volcanos Imbabura and Cotacachi. Residents of the community normally travel to nearby city centers of Ibarra, Otavalo and Atuntaqui for employment. The current global pandemic has forced the total economic closure of Ecuador, which has been very difficult for many of the most vulnerable families in Pucara who have now been without income for more than a month.

100% of the funds raised for the Pucara Project will be used to purchase oil, sugar, salt, sardine or tuna cans, rice, flour, lentils, cereals, milk, toilet paper, soap, and toothpaste. The Pucara Project will buy, disinfect, package and free deliver these kits to the homes of the most vulnerable families in the community of Pucara, many of whom live day-by-day in the best of times.

-Lionel Bergometti, Pucara Projet + Pucara Spanish School and Guest House

About the project organizers: Pucara Spanish School & Guest House


The Pucara Spanish School and Guest house is run by a multi-cultural family in the community of Pucara. They offer Spanish classes and an immersive cultural experience in their beautiful environment. The Pucara Project is their initiative to help their neighbours in this difficult time. If anyone wishes to donate funds directly to them, they are offering in exchange a 2 free night stay at their guest house on your next trip to Ecuador.

Click here to learn more about the Pucara Spanish School.

If you wish to donate directly to the project, please contact Lionel directly:

WhatsApp: +599 99 521 66 65

How We're Helping

Starting now until Monday, April 27th @ 11:59pm, Pokoloko is giving all profits from our online sales directly to the Pucara Project to buy food and hygiene kits for those in need within the community of Pucara.

Until Monday we are also offering 15% Off Site Wide with discount code "PUCARA".  

*Sale Ends Monday, April 27th @ 11:59 PM.