Determined to protect the remnants of indigenous forests, while at the same time improving living standards for rural people, Maria Eliza Manteca Oñate has established a nature reserve near her home village in the north of Ecuador. She has also launched a successful education programme, whereby adults and children learn sustainable farming techniques at a model farm.

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