In the south of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, a neighbourhood initiative is giving life to a participatory process in which both consumers and producers have strengthened links that go beyond the purchase and sale of agro-ecological products, forming a space to create and build responsible food consumption and resilient practices.
In 2017, after several individual and group experiences, an economic model which was both social and one of solidarity, was conceived, with its main objective being to promote and consume healthy food, directly from producers. This is how the Consumer Cooperative: Sur-Siendo Redes y Sabores (meaning knitting networks and tastes in Spanish) was formed.
Each of the characteristics were defined in a participatory manner, and from the outset it was decided that six-monthly meetings would be held, at which consumers and farmers set the prices of products and producers, and a percentage was also set for distribution.
However, this amount should not make products more expensive, nor deprive consumers of the most vulnerable sectors, because the motto was "eating healthy and without exclusion," as Roberto Guerrero, manager of the Cooperativa Sur-Siendo Redes y Sabores, explains.