Mayra y José Shiguango
Mayra y José live in the community of Mushullakta, located on the edge of the Sumaco Napo Galeras biological reserve, in the province of Napo. They are restoring 9 hectares of their property, planting native trees and reviving wetlands, which little by little have been lost to deforestation and agriculture.
They are members of the Kichwa indigenous nation, who are the official keepers of the nearby reserve, and their project will expand upon the 205,249 hectares of rainforest that is being protected by the Ecuadorian government.
Mayra and José, along with their children Kevin, Bryan y Curi, are pioneers and hope to be an example to others, inspiring more community members to restore rainforest in their properties.