José and Mayra Shiguango
Mayra and 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 nine hectares of their property, by 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 guardians of the nearby reserve, and their project will expand upon the 205,249 hectares of rainforest that are being protected by the Ecuadorean government.
Mayra and José, along with their children, Kevin, Bryan y Curi, are pioneers and hope to set an example for others, and to inspire more community members to restore the rainforest on their properties.