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Neapia is now sold at WITOCA LAB

Neapia (black chili), an ancestral product of the «Siekonomi» or «Siekopai Women of Colors,» is now available for sale at WITOCA LAB, a business dedicated to coffee and other Amazonian products. It is located in the Loreto canton, Orellana province, in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Neapia, along with other ancestral Amazonian products, is part of the «Bioenterprises in the Amazon» program, promoted by the Raíz Ecuador Foundation – CAEMBA along with other stakeholders.

WITOCA is a craft coffee from the Amazon of Ecuador. It aims to grow sustainably to prevent and reverse deforestation. Cultivated, harvested, and roasted with care, its mission is to maintain the diversity of the Amazon ecosystem. They also sell other local products at their establishment.

We would like to express our gratitude to Alianza Ceibo, the Amazon Emergency Fund, the Small Grants Program of Ecuador from UNDP Ecuador, in coordination with the Program for Support to the National System of Protected Areas (PASNAP) of the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition of Ecuador, the German Development Bank (KFW), and the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ Ecuador). We also extend our thanks to the Provincial Government of Sucumbíos, the Lianas Center Foundation, and Canopy Bridge.

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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.