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Women of the Rio Napo

Rainforest Partnership supports women-led bio-enterprises in five Kichwa communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. By helping them build long-term economic resilience, we strengthen their capacities to conserve and protect the forests in which they live. 

Impact

Location

Five Kichwa communities along the Rio Napo in the provinces of Napo, Sucumbios, and Orellana in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest

Impact

  • Building new, sustainable, and reliable sources of income and financial independence with over 100 indigenous Kichwa women 
  • Expanding access to basic services like clean water, solar energy, internet, education, and food security, supporting the wellbeing of over 1,450 people
  • Strengthening communities’ resistance to external threats to their lands and livelihoods, including pressure from oil and mining companies 
  • Protecting 149,500+ acres of community-owned land in this extremely biodiverse region of the Western Amazon 

Project Overview

Along the Rio Napo in the Ecuadorian Amazon, over 100 women in five Kichwa communities—Sani Warmi in Sani Isla, Hatun Urku, Munditi Urku, Isla Flor Amazonico, and Flor de Pantano—are leading projects that generate income and build economic opportunity for themselves, their families, and their communities. These five communities alone own and manage 149,500+ acres of some of the most biodiverse rainforest in the Amazon—and in the world. 

Rainforest Partnership’s team in Ecuador, along with our partners, Centro Lianas and Conservacion y Desarrollo, support these communities’ women-led enterprises to sustainably produce traditional foods and products like handicrafts, cacao, honey, medicinal plants, and native fish. 

This work helps the women create new and reliable livelihoods, builds local capacities to manage long-term sustainable enterprises and conservation projects and to maintain the infrastructure and technology needed for this work (like solar panel systems, or greenhouses for agroforestry) and builds long-term resilience to external threats to the communities and the forest itself.

Partners

Community Partners: Sani Isla, Isla Flor Amazonico, Hatun Urku, Munditi Urku, Flor de Pantano  

Organization Partners: Centro Lianas, Conservación y Desarrollo

Current Actions on the Ground

Creating sustainable pisciculture

  • Raising native cachama fish in communal and family pools as a sustainable source of food security and income

Supporting agroforestry and sustainable agriculture 

  • Growing a range of native rainforest-sourced products to diversify income sources in the short and long term
  • Improving the ecological health and biodiversity of community chakras (communal land used for cultivation)

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