On Saturday the 16th of April at around 19h00, a earthquake of 7.8 º richter destroyed a large part of the coast of Ecuador. Some cities (i.e. Pedernales) and villages (i.e. Canoa) were nearly completely destroyed. In this coastal region of Esmeraldas and Manabi the situation is really catastrophic (see media reports) Our project is to rebuilt the food & drink distribution network. In Ecuador shops are normally family business allowing around 4 family members to live of this activity. Shops are normally led by women. We are a local Association of the Food & Beverage Industry and will submit technical assistance for the design and build up of the shops, select future shop-owners and assist them during the start- up period. We will also help them with a first product allowance during the first month.