Innovative Policy 2017 on Employment and Vocational Education & Training
Government supporting self-employment and microfinance
|Responsible body||Ministry of Industries and Productivity (MIPRO)|
As part of a broader plan, Ecuador’s Productive Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities Programme of 2013 increases entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities by providing assistance to them and their families to develop their own business. Productive Inclusion became a model to generate economic independence of people with disabilities, enabling the creation of opportunities for self-employment. From 2013 to 2016, Productive Inclusion assisted 1,330 entrepreneurs with disabilities or their relatives to develop, or improve, their business.
In Ecuador, opportunities for persons with disabilities of self-employment were rare, financial services were di cult to access, and consultancy services weren’t specialized in disability. To address these issues, Productive Inclusion became part of national policy when Ecuador adopted the Organic Law on Disability in 2012. It was first coordinated by the Vice-Presidency, then by SETEDIS in 2015 until it closed and, through Ministerial Agreement No. 1653 of 2016, it became part of the programme Strengthening Inclusive Services and Support Networks for Persons with Disabilities, coordinated by the Ministry of Social Development (MCDS) and supported by Ministry of Industries and Productivity (MIPRO).
«Technical assistance and economic aid is not enough. We need productive inclusion and we will continue to support these endeavors.»
Productive Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities Programme of 2013, implemented by MIPRO, overseen and evaluated by MCDS, is promoting business ventures to include people with disabilities and their families. As of 2016, 33 analysts of national and local MIPRO offices provide advice on the development of business ideas in priority sectors such as manufacturing, agribusiness, trade and tourism, help to prepare the business plans and to attain funding, and supervise the implementation. BanEcuador grants credits for people with disabilities and the National Service of Government Procurement has incorporated “persons with disabilities” among the state suppliers. Entrepreneurs with disabilities promote their business during International Productive Inclusion Meetings.