The Amazon forest is home to more species of living organisms than any other place on the planet. It is the largest reservoir of fresh water and an essential element for regulating the global climate.

For those of us who live in South America, the Amazon forest is a vital part of the continent. It has most of our freshwater resources and biodiversity, and its role is critical not only for what exists in it but for what the Amazon does for the entire region.

The Amazon is not only home to incredible biodiversity, it is also home to a large number of cultures that have lived for millennia in harmony with the environment.

These cultures are responsible for one of the main centers of plant domestication in the world, thanks to which many forms of modern agriculture are possible, feeding millions of people around the world.


The directors of Fundación Raíz Ecuador – CAEMBA have been committed for many years to the Amazonian indigenous peoples, and especially to the Siekopai – Secoya people.


The objective of this program is to contribute to the empowerment of indigenous women, through the production of Neapia (black chili) and other products based on the sustainable management of their resources and ancestral knowledge.


Siekopai women, as members of this ancestral Amazonian culture, have a high degree of knowledge about the management its resources and have skills that make them fundamental to their communities. We have created a program for the manufacture and sale of ceramics typical of their culture.
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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.