Rural Roads and Vocational Training for Youth Empowerment
Ecuador In the rural areas of Ecuador where bananas are grown, around half the roads are built with gravel. These roads are typically vulnerable to both rain and traffic, lasting no more than six months. Poor rural roads are more than just an inconvenience – they can have devastating effects on rural incomes.
Our solution Agrovial is a specially developed hydraulic binder for stabilization of soils and rural roads that is both cost-effective and innovative, allowing roads to be more resistant and durable for pedestrian, animal and vehicular use. More stable roads mean that farmers’ effective yields are an average of 30% higher. Such reliability is not only critical to the individual farmer but to the reputation of the industry overall.
In addition, through Disensa and the Holcim Foundation in Ecuador, the Supérate vocational training program targets young people between the ages of 17 and 27 years old, aiming to improve their professional and technical skills. With over 400 graduates over the past five years, the program’s eight modules follow a “learning by doing” approach, and are completed in seven months. The training improves not only technical skills such as the building of structural elements and masonry, but also transversal issues like life skills competences, administration or workplace security.
The program responds to Ecuador’s growing demand for youth employment and the need for qualified labor in the construction sector.