At the Yachana Foundation
we are dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to the problems
facing the Ecuadorian Amazon region. We work with
rainforest communities to improve education, develop
community-based medical care, establish sustainable agricultural
practices, provide environmentally sustainable economic
alternatives, and conserve the rainforest. We employ an
innovative development model based on a non-profit/for-profit
organizational structure. The non-profit Foundation is
partially supported by the for profit company Yachana Lodge to
finance its fight against poverty and disease and the destruction
of Ecuador’s imperiled rainforest. Yachana
is a Kichwa indigenous word that means "a place for
The profits from the company
support the Yachana Foundation’s education,
sustainable development and rainforest conservation projects,
guaranteeing their long term financial sustainability.
Our mission is to find
sustainable solutions that will contribute to reversing the spiral
of impoverishment and environmental degradation that is ravaging
the people and tropical forests of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Since 1991, the Yachana
Foundation and its projects have invested approximately
6.2 million dollars in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This
investment of time and resources has underwritten many triumphs.
Over the last 19 years, some of our accomplishments include:
Yachana Technical High School in 2005, an innovation in high
• Initiated an
agricultural, technical assistance and commercialization program
in cacao that helps over 2,500 subsistence farm families better
manage their land, improve their agricultural production and raise
their income. The Foundation helped these farmers
create two farmers cooperatives to negotiate better prices for
• Established the
Mondańa Medical Clinic in 1997, which offers the only full-time healthcare to 8,000
Kichwa indigenous people and mestizos living along the
Upper Napo River.
• Built 10 agricultural
collection centers to provide a fair trade market place for the
farmers to take their cacao to sell.
• Opened Yachana Lodge,
a world renowned geo-tourism destination, in 1995.
• Constructed 21 schools
in impoverished communities throughout the Ecuadorian Amazon.
• Created 16 village banks
now managed largely by the women in communities.
Purchased and protected 4,300 (1,800 hectares) acres of rainforest
Our innovative, integrated approach has made great progress
towards reconciling conservation and development in the Ecuadorian
Amazon; however, much remains to be done. The following are some
of the many awards and projects that the
Yachana Foundation is involved in at this time.
These are designed to provide a systematic change that will ensure
the sustainable development and conservation of
Ecuador’s rainforest region.
The Yachana Foundation
currently consists of Yachana Lodge and the
Yachana Technical High School. In 2011,
Yachana Technical Institute opened - a two year technical
college to provide a very practical education for primarily the
graduates from our high school. This Institute is being
funded by the Inter American Development Bank. In
early 2010 a new company was also formed called Yachana
Technology to market many of the products the foundation is
developing for those living at the base of the economic pyramid.
All of these entities are referred to as the Yachana Group.