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Siekopai women presented their Amazonian bio-entrepreneurship projects in Quito

The SIEKONOMI are the colorful Siekopai women who live in Siekopai territory in the province of Sucumbíos in the Ecuadorian Amazon and also on the Amazonian side of Peru. SIEKONOMI is the entrepreneurship of the Siekopai women who are members of the ASOPROASIENW Association. In October, they participated in two fairs in Quito where they showcased their ancestral Amazonian products such as Neapia (black pepper), casabe (yuca), fariña, and chontaduro.

The first fair was the ‘Community Bioentrepreneurship’ on October 5 and 6 at the Flacso Ecuador headquarters in Quito. It was organized by the Small Grants Program of Ecuador, with the support of CIESPAL, Flacso Ecuador, and Fundación Codespa as part of the Intercultural Meeting ‘Resilience and community responses to the COVID-19 pandemic’.

The second fair was on October 13 at the esplanade of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Quito. The Siekonomi exhibited and sold their products at the ‘I Prefer’ fair throughout the day.

“Raíz Ecuador Foundation” supports women bio-entrepreneurs from Siekopai and Siona communities as part of the ‘Boosting Bio-entrepreneurship in the Amazon’ project, promoted by Raíz Ecuador Foundation along with other stakeholders.”

We thank Alianza Ceibo, Amazon Emergency Fund, the Small Grants Programme of UNDP Ecuador, the Programme for Support to the National System of Protected Areas (PASNAP) of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition of Ecuador, the German Development Bank (KFW), and the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ Ecuador). We also express our gratitude to the organizations that organized the fairs such as CIESPAL, Flacso Ecuador, Fundación Codespa, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

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Fundación Raíz is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), working with indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, Montubio, and Mestizo groups across Ecuador.

Our projects support various communities: Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani and Shuar, covering six linguistic families.

Our CAEMBA housing initiative focuses on the Afro-Ecuadorian and Montubio populations in Esmeraldas, addressing challenges of poverty and high crime rates. We commit to equitable treatment, opportunities for all, and the elimination of barriers to participation.

By valuing every voice and fostering community resilience, we aim to create a more inclusive, equitable society.

Our leadership is committed to DEI principles, ensuring our efforts reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and contribute to sustainable development and social justice.

DECLARACIÓN DE DIVERSIDAD, EQUIDAD E INCLUSIÓN

Fundación Raíz está dedicada a la diversidad, equidad e inclusión (DEI), trabajando con grupos indígenas, afroecuatorianos, montubios y mestizos en todo Ecuador.

Nuestros proyectos apoyan a varias comunidades, Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani y Shuar, cubriendo seis familias lingüísticas. Nuestra iniciativa de vivienda CAEMBA se centra en las poblaciones afroecuatorianas y montubias en Esmeraldas, abordando desafíos de pobreza y altas tasas de criminalidad.

Nos comprometemos a un trato equitativo, oportunidades para todos y la eliminación de barreras para la participación. Valorando cada voz y fomentando la resiliencia comunitaria, aspiramos a crear una sociedad más inclusiva y equitativa.

Nuestro liderazgo está comprometido con los principios de DEI, asegurando que nuestros esfuerzos reflejen la diversidad de las comunidades que servimos y contribuyan al desarrollo sostenible y la justicia social.