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Bioenterprises: A bakery workshop was conducted using sweet potato and cassava

During the week of June 13th to 17th, 2022, the Amazon team of the Raíz Ecuador Foundation was in Shushufindi, Sucumbíos. We worked with the Siekopai women’s association from the Secoya Remolino community, which is seeking legal formalization to achieve formal marketing processes for their products.

In this context, a bakery workshop was conducted using native flours such as sweet potato and cassava to strengthen the association and diversify its products. The Raíz Ecuador Foundation is committed to supporting women bioentrepreneurs from Siekopai and Siona communities within the project «Promoting Bioenterprises in the Amazon,» promoted by the Raíz Ecuador Foundation – CAEMBA along with other stakeholders.

We express our gratitude to the Small Grants Program of Ecuador from UNDP Ecuador, in coordination with the Program for Supporting the National System of Protected Areas (PASNAP) of the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition of Ecuador, to KFW, and to the German Cooperation Agency GIZ Ecuador.

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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.