Ayõpare Cooperative

During the 1980s, when we were fighting for our rights and the demarcation of our lands, we took a strategic decision to set up our cooperative. It was a way of finding an income source that would enable us to become financially independent of the former masters and the activities that we were dependent upon for our survival. At the same time, it aimed to promote the sustainable development of our community.

The cooperative was given the name “Ayõpare”, which in our language means “exchanging produce”. This is an extremely important aspect of our people, culture and traditions and which reflects the traditional way of relating to our partners. These principles and our work with the cooperative serve to strengthen local production, promote intercultural dialogue, bring together different groups in society and value working together.

The cooperative doesn’t simply help us achieve our economic autonomy, it also contributes to the protection, valuing and recognition of our culture, traditions and values. The Ayõpare Cooperative also plays the role of bringing together our neighbouring communities to promote forest products within the concept of “standing forest”.

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