Opening a Small Business in Ecuador

For any new (or possibly not so new) Expat who has moved to Ecuador, the question that often arises is what to do with one’s time.  Unless one plans to devote their energy, time and investment towards a preexisting organization (i.e. a Charity or other Not for Profit Organization), the idea of opening a business in Ecuador becomes very appealing; especially with the costs of funding most startups in Ecuador being a very small fraction of what the same would otherwise cost in say, the US, Canada, Europe or Australia.…

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Chimbora Hats: the perfect combination between luxury and tradition

Chimbora Hats

If you ask Nicholas Barringer to describe himself, he would answer: “Nicholas is an adventurous young man who loves to travel and tries to be a better person every day”. And this seems to be a very accurate description!  After spending time in the United States as a life guard, at the age of 17 Nicholas started his journey through South America, working for a non-profit in Guatemala. From there, he later moved on to Buenos Aires.  And after that, Cuenca. Barringer has lived in Ecuador now for over six…

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What is Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is surgery to remove excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. This procedure restores the area around the eyes and improves peripheral vision. We all have fat around our eyes to protect the eyeball in case of trauma. This fat “cushions the blow” and is not something that can be lost with diet. As we age the skin around the eyes stretches and loses its elastic ability. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows,…

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Date Night – Doug & Barbara

I understand you have a BIG event planned for New Year’s Eve; can you share it with us? D:  Barbara and I have been together for 15 years now and decided the time was right to make a permanent commitment in front of friends and family. B:  I’m so excited! Ecuador is going to be a beautiful backdrop for the perfect wedding from our terrace. A 15-year courtship, how did you two meet? D:  We met in a chat room on the Internet. My wife had died, and after three…

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Hearts of Gold- Together Everyone Achieves More

Natasha Verkley loves a challenge.  When she became the Executive Director of Hearts of Gold, a charitable organization headquartered in Cuenca, Ecuador, it was in the midst of a big transition and a serious cash shortfall.  The last 18 months have been filled with problems to solve, miraculous events, and hours of work from hundreds of dedicated volunteers who believe in Cuenca and want to make it a great place for everyone.  Even with all those obstacles, Hearts of Gold gave $75,000 to community organizations in 2014 and aspires to…

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