Indigenous People(s): Kichwa
Country: Ecuador
Product(s): Essential oils, Body lotions, Soaps, Home care products
Description: The Federation of Kichwa Organizations in Sucumbios, Ecuador (FONAKISE) buys raw materials for the production of essential oils, disinfectants, soaps, and creams. As one community member explains, "we gather ginger, lemongrass, and turmeric in the communities, using them as the basis of our product chain. These Amazonian products have various uses, for example, ginger is used to treat flu and pneumonia, lemongrass serves as a repellent and helps the joints, and turmeric is used to dye shigras (a traditional side bag), and to color our foods instead of achiote (traditional Amazonian food colorant).
Number of producers: 350 aprox.
Location: Sucumbíos
Contact: Yuli Grefa
Source of Information: Saberes Ancestrales Ahora Generan Emprendimientos. El Telegrafo. 20 Apr 2012. Web. Accessed May 2015. Link.
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