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Bioentrepreneurship: Women from Siekoya Remolino conducted a workshop

During the week of September 19th to 23rd, 2022, the team from Fundación Raíz Ecuador was in the Siekoya Remolino community alongside Ruth Piaguaje, a scholarship recipient from the Siekopai nationality. Ruth is in the final years of her studies at the Crecermás Institute (ISTEC).

Ruth conducted a workshop in Paikoka, the native Siekopai language, aimed at women entrepreneurs from the «Keñao» Association. Topics such as internal association administration were addressed, including protocols for community work, defining roles for the board, and appointing association representatives.

At Raíz, we recognize the importance of indigenous peoples’ sovereignty and their ability to lead processes on their own terms.

Ruth Piaguaje benefits from the «Scholarship Fund for the Development of Products with Territorial Identity,» implemented by the Small Grants Program of Ecuador.

We appreciate the Small Grants Program of Ecuador by UNDP Ecuador, in coordination with the Program to Support the National System of Protected Areas (PASNAP) of the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition of Ecuador, KFW, and 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.