Photographer's Note

Taken at an elementary school while the children were formed up before classes. Ecuador has many social programs, some include giving free uniforms to school kids. I'm not sure about this year, but in 2009, the town of Santa Ana had not benefited from free school uniforms. The parents of these school kids had to purchase the uniforms. For the boys, the uniform was $14. This is in a town where most people live off of $1 to $2 a day.

Ecuador is an agricultural country with big areas of very fertile soil and in most places access to water.

On the world scene Ecuador is:

* The biggest exporter of Bananas in the world.
* The second biggest producer of scrimps in the world
* The second biggest producer of Cocoa in Latin America after Brazil
* Other main productions are: coffee, flowers, rice, oil palms and sugar.
* Of mineral resources Ecuador has oil, gold, silver, cobber, zinc and lead.
* The main export is oil which count for 60% of the revenue.
* USA is the leading market for Ecuador. 53% of its export goes to USA.

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