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. It is located near the Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve and is part of the Galera-San Francisco Marine Reserve, the first marine reserve established along the continental coast of Ecuador. According to experts, there is greater biodiversity within this marine reserve than in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands.
Many families of this community, aware of the uniqueness of their habitat, are learning the importance of taking care of this special ecosystem through sustainable and environmentally friendly forms of subsistence.
In 2008, with this objective of sustainability and conservation in mind, the Asociación Caimito Sustentable was formed mostly by the local people as a non-profit organization. In addition, in the past few years different actors have joined in this process with the intention of helping for the conservation of this special place through projects funded by local and foreign non-profits, different institutions, and also with the collaboration of biologists, farmers, volunteers, permaculture designers, etc.