Ecuador had never been a popular destination for its neighbors from the richer Peru. It all changed radically after 2000, when Ecuador introduced the dollar as its official currency. While Ecuadorians themselves were emigrating massively, tens of thousands of Peruvians were drawn to the dollar economy.
Many found work in Ecuador’s rice fields and most receive regular wages for their work.
Their dream is to lease a piece of land of their own, where they can permanently build a new life.
This story is part of Via Panam, Kadir van Lohuizen’s project about migration in the Americas.