El Hornero donated a Caemba house in Atacames

The El Hornero Pizzeria donated a Caemba house to Jessica Vivas and her four children. They received their house on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, in the Las Cañitas sector of the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood in Atacames. Several waiters and administrative staff from La Hornero participated as volunteers in the construction.

The board of the Raíz Ecuador – Caemba Foundation also attended this intense day, during which we completed the construction at 4:38 p.m., setting a new record for Caemba: the quick and efficient completion of a project.

According to Alegría Vásconez, the company’s marketing coordinator, the campaign in support of Caemba stemmed from Children’s Day and involved adding the purchase of the Alberto stuffed animal to any order at their locations. The campaign lasted for over two months. «It’s beautiful to be here today and see how dreams do come true; to see how Caemba works and to come here with our entire team, as we brought our five best waiters. I love to see how everyone collaborates and helps this family that we all yearn to have a dignified home. I love to see the passion, enthusiasm, kindness, and solidarity with which this house was built,» said Alegría.

For Cristina Latorre, director of Caemba, «Each house feels like it’s the first house we’ve built as Caemba. It fills my heart, and I’m very excited. I have enormous sensitivity and empathy, so every time a woman receives her house, it’s like feeling what she feels. I feel infinite love and joy knowing that a family can escape precariousness with just $4,100 and the work of civil society that can change the life of an entire family led by a single mother with four children. From today, this family is ready to prosper and improve their lives. Life is magical; let’s be part of it,» said Cristina.

Tour of the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood

The personnel from El Hornero also toured the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood and saw firsthand the work that Caemba carries out in the area. They visited the Women’s Entrepreneurship House, the complementary workshop house, the beauty and aesthetics cabinet, as well as several streets where they observed more Caemba houses.

El Hornero also donated computers

The day before, on Tuesday, August 3, El Hornero also donated three computers with their respective chairs and desks for the children of the Rulon neighborhood in Tonsupa. Alegría Vásconez hopes that the computers will serve for the children who are currently receiving virtual education to also research, be curious, and be able to connect with their friends, schools, and the world.

The children of the Rulon neighborhood in Tonsupa are the primary beneficiaries of the delivery of computers, desks, and chairs.

Business coaching

The construction processes that arise from the result of corporate campaigns like La Hornero’s are an ideal complement, especially for employees of the companies, as participating in construction sessions creates bonds with their colleagues. It fosters empathy and solidarity, and also motivates them to continue working properly for their company. Additionally, it strengthens the sense of belonging to the company since being considered for activities such as construction means they have a positive attitude within the company.

If you have a company, we invite you to join us in a campaign to build more Caemba houses and eradicate precarious housing in Ecuador.

If you have any questions or need more information, please write to clatorre@fundacionraizec.org 

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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.