Since the massive displacement caused by the rubber boom and slave trade in the late 19th century, the Siona nationality in Ecuador has been split into three regions: Aguarico, Cuyabeno and Putumayo, with each facing a myriad of threats to the survival of their territories and cultures. Their population numbers approximately 400 people sparsely settled in several communities.
The Siona communities of the Putumayo region, Wisuya and Buenavista, are organized, resistant to extractive industries, and firm in their vision for conserving their territory and maintaining their ancestral culture. The last remaining Siona taitas, or shamans, live in these communities. Yet for years oil companies on both the Ecuadorian and Colombian sides of the border have utilized relentless pressure and deceitful tactics in an effort to gain access to the Siona’s oil rich territory.
Ceibo’s Siona Team has installed rainwater harvesting systems for every Siona family in Ecuador, ensuring clean and safe drinking water for decades. To strengthen the autonomy of remote Siona communities off the grid, Ceibo will provide them with solar energy systems in the coming years.