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The Neapia is sold in stores in Tena and Quito

The Neapia (black chili), an ancestral product of the «Siekonomi» or «Siekopai Women of Colors,» is sold in more retail outlets across Ecuador. One of them is at the Napo Emprende store on the Malecón in Tena, and the other is at Bhumi, a wellness center where plant-based food and organic products are sold in Cumbayá and La Floresta, in Quito.

The Napo Emprende store is located on the Malecón in Tena, Napo.

The Bhumi store is located in the central park of Cumbayá. They also have a branch in La Floresta, Quito.

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

We thank Napo Emprende and Bhumi for being the showcases for marketing the Neapia, an ancestral Siekopai product.

Additionally, 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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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.