Kichwa Indigenous Community

In the Ecuadorian Amazon, it is not uncommon for mining companies to have indigenous people killed by hired mercenaries. For the Kichwa community, it was no different. They experienced the intrusion of an illegal mining company that was carelessly destroying the forest. In July 2009 they began the MIA methodology.   

After a short time of practicing MIA the Kichwa community was not only able to respond in a non-violent manner, they were able to exercise their agency and take action. In September 2009, with the awareness of their ability to take action, they removed the mining company from their territories without the use of violence and developed an ecological and ethnological tourism initiative.  

By 2010, the Kichwa community had expelled four other mining companies in the same non-violent manner. Further, like many indigenous communities that have lived in the Amazon rainforest for centuries, the Kichwa community did not have legal ownership of their land, but by 2011, all 45 extended families (472 people) obtained their property titles. 

In 2012, to facilitate the ecological and ethnological tourism initiative, the Kichwa community requested machinery from its local government in order to build a road that provided access to the community. The road was completed and received its first group of visitors the same year.