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Collaborative Work for Change


To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity

Challenges due to historical adversity and limited development opportunities. Despite daily struggles, rural mindsets often prioritize immediate needs over long-term progress, resulting in ongoing issues such as inadequate education, health concerns, and poor living conditions. Muyuna Foundation recognizes the urgent need for global alliances to support frontline communities and address underlying issues effectively. Through the Collaborative Work for Change project, we aim to empower local communities by integrating international technology and financing. Starting with San Juan de Yanayacu, we are committed to expanding our efforts to other Amazonian communities in the ACR Tamishyacu-Tahuayo, fostering sustainable development and lasting change.

The community San Juan de Yanayacu has finished the construction of their Community House in partnership with us by the beginning of 2024. It was an incredible opportunity to showcase how NGOs can oraganically collaborate with rural Amazonian communites… read our blog to learn more!

Muyuna Foundation aims to allocate funds to support Amazonian riverside communities in developing dignified livelihoods while preserving their cultural values. Through collaborative work models, we seek to overcome local constraints and leverage international allies to advance projects. Our initial focus is on designing and managing a collaborative work model with San Juan de Yanayacu to construct a community house.

Short-term goal – Design a collaborative work model that can undertake a low-budget community house construction, furthering the model of community and NGO collaboration by learning through experience.

Middle-term goal – Finish the construction of the community house by the beginning of 2024

Long- term goal -Develop Muyuna Foundation’s collaborative work model and position the Collaborative Work for Change project into another project that can benefit community members at another community in 2025

The proposal to build a 180 m2 Casa Communal in an ACR Tamishyacu Tahuayo community aims to provide a dignified space for gatherings, discussions, and celebrations.
This year we have completed the 10-month construction project in the riverside community of San Juan de yanayacu

Local community value empowerment

Solidarity, Reciprocity, and Dignity

San Juan de Yanayacu has demonstrated remarkable organization in pursuing their shared goal of establishing a “casa communal.” Community members committed to voluntarily work at the construction site, showcasing effective collaboration and the strength of Amazonian values in bringing communities together.
  • 33 construction “mingas” guided by qualified engineers
  • 75 m3 of sand collected from an Amazon River sedimentary structure
  • 23 “moradores” rotating to execute dailiy tasks

Responsible Financing

Long-term investments

The initial construction project overseen by Muyuna Foundation faced financial challenges due to the community’s preference for cement in the design of the “casa communal.” However, through transparent communication with project benefactors, contributions of wood, funds, and collaborative work (“mingas”) have been secured.
  • $800 boat transportation fee for materials split between stakeholders
  • 800 m2 of wood donated by San Juan de Yanayacu
  • $11,000 donated by Muyuna Lodge

Professional Exposure

Prioritizing education rather than micro-financing

Project planning with the community prioritized the importance of learning throughout the various stages of construction. Recognizing that most participants have limited formal education and professional exposure, we proposed rewarding their efforts with an educational experience at the public carpentry institution CITE (Center of Technology and Innovation).
  • 150 hours of carpentry lessons centered around wood drying techniques, unions, finishes, and an on-site roofing installation workshop
  • 6 project management and design meetings with architects, engineers, and project planners


Participants in project planning meetings and carpentry workshops have all had opportunities to learn during this venture. The educational experience benefits not only the beneficiaries but also donors and volunteers, highlighting the Amazonian spirit of collaboration. Muyuna Foundation’s Collaborative Work for Change project prioritizes education and over economic reinbursement for collaboration as a means of promoting long-term economies over short-term.


Joining the “mingas,” are equivilient to global exchange oppotunities for all who are foreign to Amazonian culutre. When volunteers working in the field, the place where all locals excel in, and being open to learn, a wide amount of cultural exposure is shined.


One day at a time

We’ve completed the pilot project for San Juan de Yanayacu’s “casa communal.” Local values, international funding dynamics, and regional resource management, have been adapted into a collaborative work model applicable to other communities in the ACR Tamishyacu-Tahuayo. Despite experiencing ups and downs, the construction progressed smoothly thanks to the flexibility and determination of all stakeholders to see it through. Currently, we’re seeking donations for the next collaborative project:
  • Carpentry local business
  • Extracurricular and educational spaces
  • Pharmacy and other first aid access points
  • Water filtration system
  • Bathrooms
  • Vigilance out post

Our efforts look like this