Caimito is a small community belonging to the parish of Quingue, in the province of Esmeraldas in northwest Ecuador. There are 15 families that live in Caimito that work, mainly, in the cultivation of cacao, banana, papaya and other tropical fruits. Caimito is characterized by being located in one of the most biodiverse and ecologically privileged places in the world. It is one of the last remnants of Tropical Rainforest (Chocó) on the coast of Ecuador and is located near the Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve. It is also part of the Galera-San Francisco Marine Reserve, the first marine reserve established along the continental coast of Ecuador, which scientists have confirmed possesses greater biodiversity than in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands.
As a community, our passion is working to improve the current state of nature and our own living conditions through the principles of Permaculture. To realize our objectives of ecological sustainability and social development, it is very important to share our way of living and our knowledge. We seek to raise awareness about the importance of living in connection and equilibrium with nature as opposed to following the fractured and unbalanced system that current consumer society demands. Therefore, we welcome people from everywhere and from all fields to enrich each other and to help us to achieve our goal of becoming a community model of sustainable development, working together and in harmony with Mother Earth.