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We inaugurated the Collection and Processing Center for Bioenterprises in the Amazon

On Friday, February 18, 2022, we inaugurated the Collection and Processing Center of the «Bioenterprises in the Northern Amazon» project. This bamboo infrastructure was built by the Raíz Ecuador Foundation – CAEMBA in Wa’iya, a Siekopai community in Sucumbíos, Ecuador.

The inaugural event was attended by several local and provincial authorities from Sucumbíos.

It will serve for the Siekopai Women’s Association (ASOPROASIENW) and also the Siona women to use these facilities to collect and process bioenterprises from neighboring communities such as Nea pia (black chili), casave (yucca), fariña, and chontaduro, ancestral Amazonian delights.

The infrastructure is based on CAEMBA bamboo panels, and its interior meets the necessary sanitary standards for the production of products viable for commercialization.

Organizations involved

Several collaborators and local and provincial authorities were present at the event. The construction of the Collection and Processing Center was funded by Alianza Ceibo, the Amazon Emergency Fund, the Small Grants Program of Ecuador of UNDP Ecuador, in coordination with the Support Program 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 Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ Ecuador).

We also thank the Provincial Government of Sucumbíos for their logistical support and provision of materials for construction.

Other organizations involved in this project include the Lianas Center Foundation and Canopy Bridge, to whom we also extend our gratitude.

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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.