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The Neapia or Siekopai black chili now has its sanitary and intellectual property registration

As part of the «Bioenterprises in the Amazon» program, driven by the Raíz Ecuador Foundation, which we carry out together with the «Siekonomi» or Women of Colors to produce and commercialize ancestral Amazonian products such as Neapia (Siekopai black chili), we are pleased to inform you that this product now has its Sanitary Registration and, on the other hand, its trademark registration.

As of May 20, 2022, both documents are in order.

Sanitary Registration – ARCSA

Regarding the Sanitary Registration, it was the National Agency for Regulation, Control, and Sanitary Surveillance (ARCSA) that accepted the registration of Neapia. With this document, doors are opened even wider for the Siekonomi as they will be able to sell their flagship product in large supermarket chains and stores in several cities.

Trademark Registration with SENADI – Intellectual Property

On the other hand, the National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI) approved the trademark and logo of the Siekonomi. It has already been published in the Intellectual Property Gazette of SENADI. With this document, the Siekonomi can feel secure that their brand is protected against any infringement or imitation attempt.

Both documents represent significant milestones that complement the efforts undertaken over many years by this group of women who produce unique, quality products. Now, they have obtained sanitary and intellectual property standards for their free distribution and commercialization.

This project is sponsored by the Small Grants Programme of Ecuador from UNDP Ecuador, in coordination with the Support Programme for 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 extend our gratitude to Alianza Ceibo, Amazon Emergency Fund, the Provincial Government of Sucumbíos, Fundación Centro Lianas, and Canopy Bridge for their support of this initiative by the Siekopai women.

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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.