The Secoya Woman
The objective of this project is to contribute to the empowerment of the Secoya women, through the production of Neapia (black pepper) and other products through the use of their ancestral knowledge and the management of their local resources. This project serves to conserve the environment and the Secoya culture by providing a means of income for this segment of the population.
The Siekopai woman as a member of the Secoya ancestral culture has a high degree of knowledge about the management of local resources and knowledge of local plants which make her the fundamental axis of her community. One of her most highly sot after skills being her culinary knowledge.
Neapia, a product made by the Secoya woman, can be used as a spicy condiment for food, that also gives a smoky flavor. The black pepper in the Secoya tradition is usually consumed with cassava (cassava bread), in soups and different foods. Due to the way it is carefully prepared it has become a staple product in the Secoya culture.
The women of several Secoya communities have been preparing Neapia to the national standards of health and safety. We facilitate the production and delivery of this spice condiment to the city of Quito where it is sold and used in a variety of trendy restaurants. Currently, there is a growing market for the sale of this and other products. The traditional practice of sowing the seed of the spice and the way in which resources are used is in its self a mechanism for the conservation of nature.