Public Service Announcements

We are laying it all bare for you to see

Ever wonder what the non-profit you support really does? It can be confusing as non-profits are notorious for hiding the truth. We have all heard the stories. The success and strength of any organization is determined by what motivates it and the commitment of those involved with the organization. The story behind it. I believe and I am sure you do as well, that when you support any organization, you need to ask, why does it exist? What inspires it?  What does it do with my donations? Where is it going?

On Tuesday, November 30th, we are showcasing what we do and why. There will be a short presentation where you will hear the director’s personal story as to why Hogar de Esperanza was founded, where it is today, and what the vision for the future is. You will have the opportunity to stroll around an exhibition of all the services we provide, and you will get to meet many of the volunteers and staff of the foundation and ask questions.

We invite you to join us for an enjoyable and inspirational evening. Reservations are required as space is limited. All proceeds from the event will go to support our …

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Feria & Shopping Service – Gran Cuchara Paute Friday

Yes at The Gran Cuchara Paute starting at 930am is a Feria.

Some of the Providores:
Ana Villalta (Aguacate)
Rosario Inga ( colaboró Blanca, Brócoli)
Yadira Loja ( tomate de árbol)

Hacienda Victoria
Pamela Torres (Limón, naranjilla, dulces y conservas caseras, cuy)

Cuenca Shop & King’s Smokehouse will be attending.

Please support the community of Paute.

Also a reminder of the shopping service which can be collected at the feria:

New Paute Delivery Service

To promote community and provide added service to clients in Paute we have the following service.

Once a month, starting on Friday 8th October we will be buying and delivering orders from Cuenca to be picked up at the Gran Cuchara Paute

Cost $10
+ King SmokeHouse Items
+ Cuenca Shop Items
+ Supermaxi Orders (Cost+$5+10% of order)
+ Coral Orders(cost +$5+10% of order)

How it works:
Place your orders of product from Coral, Supermaxi, Cuenca Shop and King Smokehouse via email to
(Payment in cash on delivery or via Payphone link for Cards)

We will coordinate the buying of the goods on the day before. Send you confirmation of what …

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High rates of return + safety/security

Because many readers may not be familiar with Cooperco, I’d like to introduce this exceptional co-operative to you. Established in Cuenca in 1965, Cooperco has, until now, been focused almost exclusively on servicing the Cuencano community. That exclusive emphasis has begun to shift. In addition to continuing to serve the Cuencano community Cooperco, in 2020, expanded its capability to now include a strong initiative serving Cuenca’s international community. Starting from a decidedly strong base, Cooperco has only grown stronger. It is the cooperative that offers CDs with not only high rates of return but unparalleled safety and security of principal. That’s a combination that is hard to beat.

Cooperco has numerous offices throughout the city of Cuenca. We have English speaking account personnel that can easily explain our numerous CD options and, more importantly, how Cooperco provides a clear investment advantage. Check us out. Learn how Cooperco can help to make the difference for you. There is a reason that countless individuals as well as many financial institutions invest with us. We may not be the biggest but we are definitely the best. Call or email me for more information.


Juan Carlos Lara
(+593) 98 459 6148

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Handyman and miscellaneous services

Hello dear friends. My name is Carlos and I own a construction and repair among other services business. I’m here to offer you our help. I want you to feel free to contact us for free consultation on any project you have or if you are wondering how to do anything now that you live here in Cuenca. I won’t charge you for my service unless I get to help you and you’re satisfied with our work. Here is my number 0996427468

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Have lunch on us!!!

Here at Hogar de Esperanza we are opening new volunteer opportunities in our Thrift Shop.
We have time slots available for as little as 1 hour and up to 4 hours – any amount of time that you would like to give is very welcome.
You would be helping our store attendant, Mateo, with several tasks in keeping our Thrift Shop organized and appealing to customers. It is also an opportunity to practice your Spanish! And if your shift is around the lunch hour, then your lunch is always on us. Our Thrift Shop is a growing business thanks to the support from the expat community.
Volunteer hours are from 12 – 4pm Monday to Friday here at Hogar de Esperanza. We are located at Juan Montalvo 8-18 and Mariscal Sucre here in Cuenca.
If you are interested, feel free to send us an email. We are grateful for your help.

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Are you ready for a quite different kind of “weather¨?

And get to know the beautiful, charming, and hardworking people of Naranjal? Hogar de Esperanza would like to invite you to join us on this Cultural trip to Naranjal.
Early June, Sandro received a phone call from a foundation in Naranjal, doing great work for people with Cerebral Palsy. They invite us over to see their facilities and talk a little bit of a way to collaborate between the two foundations. Reality can be so different from one place to another, and this was not the exception. Families struggling to get their sick kids to get a doctor’s appointment, patients needing transportation to come to get free physical therapy sessions in FDN. So, we want to bring all the help we can get. All proceeds from this trip will be donated to FDN Ecuador, to purchase food for families in extreme poverty.
Some of the highlights of the trip
·        Learn how to make chocolate from a Chocolatier
·        Tour of the cacao plantations.
·        Farm to Table style lunch both days.
·        Interpretation of the extraction of the red crab within the mangrove swamp
·        Boat trip through the estuary to observe dolphins, mangroves, and bird watching

*Includes transportation, lodging, …

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Service electric
Preventive and Corrective functionality
Provision of spare parts and electrical elements
We comply with safety and quality standards
Skilled labor
write to me ! Watts app 0990831044

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Giving new purpose to things you no longer need

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away to those who are most in need of them with great care taken to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Any extra items are sold in Esperanza Thrift Shop, where all of the proceeds go back into supporting the foundation’s mission of helping those in greatest need.

Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring-cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate and put it to immediate use. You can come by Esperanza Thrift Shop, which is located at 8-18 Juan Montalvo y Mariscal Sucre, to drop off items …

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Help Crea tu Espacio Foundation “Godmother and godfather for a day”.

As once Gandhi said: “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant but it is very important that you do it… you must be the change you want to see in the world”.

Dear Expat community, Crea tu Espacio Foundation is looking for your help. Currently, lots of children and teeneagers who comes from an internal and external immigration are suffering various violations of their rights, among the most important we highlight their right for an equal education. During COVID-19 this situation became more complicated where access to technology was a limitation for children to continue with their studies.

Because of this Crea tu Espacio Foundation luches the campaign “Godmother, Godfather for a day”, which seeks charitable people who wish to sponsor a child or adolescent in this new school year that has begun virtually. With your help we are going to be able to raise enough money and assure that our children and adolescents complete their studies and give them the opportunity to enter university that will help them to find a suitable and stable jobs. With your help we will be able to build a better future for our country and our world.

Help us building a better …

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You are not alone!!! Helping Hands is there for you!!!

You are not alone!!! Helping Hands is there for you!!!

You are not alone!
Enjoy your time while we take care of your groceries, medications, IESS bills, you name it!
We get your groceries, your medicine or run your errands Sunday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
We all wear face masks and gloves!

We are already helping some Ex-pats friends, former and current Spanish students who are very grateful for this service.

Our service has 3 simple steps:
(Please, when making your shopping list, think of ONE or TWO-week’s worth of groceries)

Step 1. Send us your exact address (location where you want to receive your groceries) as well as your shopping list (if needed, include pictures of difficult items to find) through email or at our WhatsApp number. (NEW: You can also place or tell us your order over the phone)

Step 2. When groceries are delivered to your place, you can either…
•          Pay cash to HHs (Helping Hands) representative who will deliver your products and whose id and photo will be sent to you.
•          Deposit or Wire money to any of our Savings accounts (Pichincha, JEP or Guayaquil)
•          Pay with credit card/ debit card, Visa or MasterCard (some …

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Social Media Marketing Employment Opportunity Available

Our fast growing organization seeks a full time team member to expand and maintain our social media footprint. For a knowledgeable, energetic and self motivated individual this position offers the opportunity for a rewarding career with high income potential. Extensive understanding of marketing platforms along with bilingual skills are essential for success in this position. If you feel you qualify please send your current resume/CV. We look forward to communicating with you.
Note: This is an office based work position.

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Freya Artisanal Soaps

Freya artisanal soaps at Sunrise Cafe
Each skin has its own needs. That’s why we want to bring you the best option.

We work with natural ingredients that bring light, freshness and nutrients to your skin.

We, at Freya, have right what you need. Our artisanal soap is line made with 100% natural ingredients.

Come and check our products at Sunrise Cafe.

Friday, April 9th, 9 AM – 3 PM, free, Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo, Cuenca.

Lourdes Alvarez: +593 99 801 1740. Call after: 9 AM.

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UFO experience?

We were students of the most recognized ufologist researcher in Ecuador, Mr. Jaime Rodríguez Tanguay, who has written many books throughout 30 years of research on the UFO phenomenon and currently lives in Cuenca.

If you have a story or experience you’d like to share, let’s have coffee and talk.

Diego and Le Jotas.


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St. Christopher Youtube – Evening Prayer online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America..

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate!


YouTube Channel

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission

In the future, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission (SCEM), in a collaborative successful partnership with Mision Sagrada Familia, will be a welcoming gathering place, a spiritual center in Cuenca and the surrounding neighborhood of a theologically humble group of believers worshipping God, meeting Jesus and demonstrating the practical love of Jesus to members, visitors and the poor.

Through action, SCEM will demonstrate what it means to be a follower of Jesus with a commitment to serve those in need by doing good works quietly, without fanfare or notice while fulfilling the question “what would Jesus do”?

SCEM will be a growing force for good in the community, known for outreach ministry.

SCEM, with the help of a Priest will offer Christian educational …

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Monica Gonzaga Facilitator services

Monica Gonzaga Facilitator services have 5-years’ experience working with the Expats Community.

Nowadays is another change in the law so if they make it hard to do your residency visa. Contact me to see how we can solve this.

I can do your resident visa while you are at home resting and forget about Ecuador’s bureaucracy.
As well, I can do your cedula. The same for your driver’s license, car registration, or any issues you may have right now and just gives you a headache.

I can find the best place to live.

Don’t panic and don’t worry. If you have any problem, just call Monica Gonzaga. We have the solution for you.

Here are the services I can do for you. 100% guaranty:

*Temporary residency visas for any category (pensioner, investor, professional, work, student, etc. Hard case? Just bring it on I can solve it.
*Permanent residency (we can submit your application when you are on your 21st month) to my Loyal clients 10% discount this month.or cedula for free
*Resident or tourist Visas, to Spain, Portugal, or any other country. I can help you to obtain one.
*Ecuadorian police record (easy and fast)

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Monica Gonzaga Facilitator Services

Monica Gonzaga Facilitator Services

Monica Gonzaga Facilitator! 7 years Working with success for the Expats Community
I’m the only one who Facilitates your Life in Ecuador !.

There are many things I can do for you:

I can do your residency visa Temporal and Permanent while you are at home resting and forget about Ecuador bureaucracy as well I can do your cedula the same for your driver’s license or any Issues you may have right now and just gives you a headache.
End of Life Power of Attorney, Wills, mediations, etc
Are you moving to Ecuador? I can find the best place to live for you

You wanted to move to another country like Spain or Portugal etc any other Country I can help you with the paperwork and get your Resident Visa.
Do not waste your money on inexperienced people, or “experts” that cost a lot of money and don’t solve anything, in the end, you have more troubles.

Finding an Apartment or House, buying, renting, or selling all this through our ” Best Ecuador Homes Real Estate is possible.
For Expats residing in Ecuador Monica Gonzaga, Facilitator Services has infinite services, and every time we seek to increase …

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Great Restaurant in Cotacachi Ecuador

If any of you occasionaly go to Cotacachi make sure to eat at the Solid Rock Cafe
the owner and chef Santiago is a really nice guy and is wonderfully talented at what he cooks (he was the chef for the resort La Mirage in Cotacachi) stop by, you wont be sorry. He also does gringo style breakfast( wonderful blueberry pancakes).

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Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? To the orphans and elders of Hogar Miguel Leon

Let’s help the orphans and elders of Hogar Miguel Leon have a nice Christmas!
Hogar Miguel Leon presently houses and feeds 25 orphans aged 2 y.o. to 17 y,o. and 33 abuelitos and abuelitas.

Two days ago, Hogar Miquel Leon celebrated their 150 years anniversary of helping the orphaned children and old people. You can see the videos of their festivities here

Please, deposit $5 or more to the Hogar Miquel Leon account:
Banco Pichincha
Cuenta de ahorros # 4886746600
Nombre de la cuenta: Hogar Miguel León.
Ruc: 0190160890001 ,
Codigo Swift: PICHECEQ

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