Why a progressive shelter/little house

Why progressive CAEMBA houses?

Would it be responsible to disable and treat the earthquake-affected population as victims, or to inspire and motivate them?

The earthquake victims receive a sturdy structure made of strong material such as giant bamboo, with a spacious 35 m2 area and earthquake-resistant features. It’s a permanent house structure with a minimum height of 2.40m that allows for expansion, and with a substructure that easily allows the addition of walls made of chopped bamboo.

How do emotions act in our bodies? My mother used to say, «Change your thoughts and move your muscles.»

When a CAEMBA house arrives, the happiness felt by the people triggers the production of happiness hormones in their bodies, which in turn produce hormones responsible for mood and motivation. These emotions predispose individuals to action, providing energy and effort.

People become reinvigorated and start working; they are inspired by the prospect of having their own home. It’s at this point that they quickly begin adding walls and floors to their houses. This outcome has the potential to heal an entire community in pain. 

In this space, they can finally process their pain and grief. Their intimate space allows them to live with dignity once again, feeling protected and welcomed. 

Here are some images of families who, starting with a simple progressive structure, have worked to complete their homes. They didn’t lose hope or give up. They are a great example to inspire and motivate Ecuadorians affected by the earthquake who have not yet taken action!

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

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.


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.