Interview with William Andagoya, a coordinator of the community projects alternative to deforestation and mining from Chontal, a little community in the Intag valley. He explains the need of those projects, the connection with water and introduces an example of water management in small communities.
In the Intag valley there is a big conflict between the nature, profits of private companies and needs of people living there. Because people need to live from something, many alternative projects have been developed by the communities as an alternative to the mining projects and to deforestation. Many communities have created communitarian companies for handicrafts and ecological agriculture. For example fair-trade organic coffee is produced in Junin and Apuela which is sold within Ecuador and also exported overseas. In Santa Magdalena, many handicrafts from loofah are produced by the members of Corporation Talleres de Grand Valle. Hand-weave crafts such as bags, wallets and belts from natural fibers are made and sold in local markets and in Otavalo, as well as exported. There is also a group of women in the community of Rosal where they do hand-made cosmetic products from aloe-vera and many other initiatives. Also, eco-tourism and comunitarian tourism is developing in the area.