ACNUR inaugurated the «Beauty in Bamboo» Multifunctional Center

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the inauguration of the «Beauty in Bamboo» Multifunctional Center took place in the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood, Atacames. Our field technicians, Maritza Orellana and Marjorie Guerrero, welcomed representatives from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to inaugurate this infrastructure and tour the neighborhood to learn about the work we do at Caemba.

From UNHCR, Giovanni Bassú, Representative of UNHCR; Magda Medina, Deputy Representative of UNHCR; and Danilo Valdiviezo were present. From Caemba, our field technicians Marjorie Guerrero and Maritza Orellana were present.

This multifunctional center was built by Caemba and serves as a beauty and esthetics salon for 13 women to work and obtain sustainable livelihoods. They are part of the group of 20 women who graduated from the esthetics and beauty course a few months ago at the Women’s Entrepreneurship House, administered by Caemba.

This infrastructure was built with bamboo and is a prototype for community centers that provide protection within the framework of community management. This center will help boost the local economy through a beauty salon, which contributes to generating community economic income.

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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.