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Ecuadorian and Venezuelan Women Emerge as Key Leaders in their Communities

At first glance, the two sewing machines on Gina’s front porch look ordinary. They sit on a modest wooden table surrounded by plastics bags of fabric, dresses and t-shirts hanging from racks. The house where Gina, her children, and her sewing machines live is in the middle of El Floron 4 – one of the roughest neighborhoods of Portoviejo, Ecuador. Gina’s setup may be modest, but together with an upstart group of seamstresses, she is doing something extraordinary.

“Haiti cannot be abandoned,” says AVSI’s representative after president’s assassination

AVSI has been present in Haiti since 1999, with field offices in Les Cayes, Cap-Haitien, and Port-au-Prince. Currently, AVSI is implementing 25 projects across multiple sectors including education and child protection, health—with an emphasis on food security and nutrition–agriculture, water, reforestation, environment, and livelihoods and business development. In this interview, Fiammetta Cappellini, AVSI Country Representative, talks about the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and how AVSI is helping the most vulnerable population through yet another crisis.