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—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


Communications

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.

 

—Supporters

 

We are grateful to our current core supporters:

Fundación Aliados

Fundación Crisfe

Torqeedo


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)

 
 
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Partner With Us

In response to locally identified needs, we we combine indigenous ancestral knowledge with modern technology, in the search for real solutions. We collaborate with other organizations, institutions, engineers, and creatives to bring the mission to life.

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Join Our Team

We need hard working and dedicated volunteers and donors! Since 2012, a team of engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and Achuar leaders and community members have been working together on this shared dream.
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