—Fundación Kara Solar


Kara Solar is a project of Fundación Kara Solar, an intercultural, Ecuadorian non-profit organization founded in 2018.

Our mission is to transform energy in critical territories in order to activate resilient technological and socio-economic alternatives. We do this my co-creating and accompanying participatory community processes that contribute to the defense and management of highly diverse territories in Ecuador, in a socially, economically, energetically and environmentally sustainable way.


—Our Motivations


We believe that the best way to preserve the rainforest is to empower its indigenous custodians. By transforming energy use in vulnerable territories, we are activating resilient technological and socio-economic alternatives to degradation and exploitation.


—Our Team


General Coordinator

Oliver Utne

Operations Coordinator

Celia Salazar

Field Coordinator

Nantu Canelos

Assistant Coordinator

Irene Andrade

Community Enterprise Coordinator

Wain Collen


Miguel Loor

Design Engineering

Josué Enríquez

Boat Captain

Mario Gualinga

Oversight Committee Member and Boat Crew-member

Hilario Saant


— Oversight Committee


The Oversight Committee is made up of respected elders, youth, and women from the area of the project, who were selected by their communities and associations. This committee debates, designs, implements, monitors, evaluates and adapts the systems and actions to be undertaken to achieve the project's vision.




We are grateful to our current core supporters:

Fundación Aliados

Fundación Crisfe


We are also grateful to our many allies and collaborators:

Alianza Ceibo

Amazon Frontlines

Asociación Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Alternativo (ALDEA)

Codesolar SA

Conservation International (CI)

Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA)

Empowered by Light

Enercity SA

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)

Fundación Centro Lianas

Fundación Mente

Fundación Pachamama/The Pachamama Alliance

Global Greengrants Fund (GGF)

Gobierno Autónomo Descentralizado de Pastaza

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Lush Cosmetics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Nacionalidad Achuar del Ecuador (NAE)

Tecnavin SA

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)