In the South of Quito, Maquita was born as an initiative to work with small organizations of producers, women, youths and basic ecclesial communities (CEBs). It created solidarity markets between rural and urban areas, in order to commercialize basic need products with less intermediaries.
1985 - 1990
1.- Communitarian network reaches 9 provinces, with assistance programs in food security, accountability and management.
2.- Women Coordination, started exports of handcrafts and agroindustry products. (Nowadays Maquita Products).
3.- Capacity building coordination, gave a new impetus and strengthen Maquita’s network.
4.- Creation of the financial line: Fondo Solidario.
5.- The National Coordination group leads at the national level the distribution of products from farmers from the Coast, the Sierra and the Amazon regions.
6.- The beginning of cocoa and coffee exports. (Nowadays Maquita Agro).
7.- Creation of the institutional magazine: Ñucanchic Maquicuna.
1991 - 1995
1.- Maquita is member of IFAT (nowadys WFTO).
2.- Maquita created the Latinamerican Network of Communal Comercialization RELACC, with 12 countries as members.
3.- Community based tourism first initiatives (nowadays Maquita Tourism).
4.- Inauguration of Maquita´s headquarters in Quito.
5.- Opening of 3 supermarkets in peripheral areas: one in Quito and two in Guayaquil.
1996 - 2000
1.-The Solidarity Fund became The cooperative of savings and credit Maquita.
2.- The communitarian shops network raises to 700 centers nationwide.
3.- Women Coordination group, leads a transversal program on gender equality.
4.- Maquita´s social and commercial work, has presence in 14 provinces in Ecuador.
5.- In 1999 Maquita overcame Ecuador´s financial crisis.
2001 - 2005
1.- Maquita Agro is the second exporter of cocoa in Ecuador, that led to the creation of the cocoa producers’ network, CORPROC.
2.- ISO and organic certifications for food products.
3.- The Social Economy and Solidarity School started to dispense classes of leadership and organizational networks.
4.- Increase in the number of community-based entrepreneurship: collecting, touristic and agro-industrial centers.
2006 - 2010
1.- Inauguration of “Maquita” Technology Transfer Center, in Los Ríos.
2.- In the Sierra and Amazonia, new community-based tourism centers were opened.
3.- Inauguration of the Maquita Agro headquarters in Guayaquil.
4.- For the 25th anniversary of Maquita, the Ecuadorian government awarded the Decoration of Merit for the services provided to Father Graziano Mason and Sister María Jesús Perez.
2011 - 2015
1.- The Government of Ecuador awarded the Decoration of Merit to Maquita, as an Organization of Social and Solidarity Economy.
2.- Private-public partnership with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Agriculture, to implement cocoa and coffee programs at a national level.
3.- Inauguration of the semi-elaborated plant of cocoa in Guayaquil.
4.- Fedexpor awards Maquita as the 3rd most important exporter in Ecuador.
5.- Inauguration of the quinoa processing plant in Chimborazo.
… and we keep working for a more fair and equitable society.