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Bioenterprises in the Amazon: The Raíz Ecuador Foundation supports Siekopai entrepreneurs

The Raíz Foundation supports Siekopai women entrepreneurs from the Siekoya Remolino community in Sucumbíos. The Raíz team in the Amazon worked to implement the women’s entrepreneurship center and to train Liliana Payaguaje, the secretary of the «Keñao» Agricultural Production Association.

The training focused on developing inventories and protocols for the proper management of the center. The project «Promoting Bioenterprises in the Amazon» has supported this association with its legalization processes, construction, and equipping of a women’s entrepreneurship center, as well as with various training workshops.

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.

We also worked on creating a logo that will be digitized by Derek Russell, a volunteer with Raíz and a graduate of RISD, a university in Rhode Island, USA, dedicated to design.

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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.