Zotea is a Culinary Center framed in an alternative model of communitarian development through cultural and ecological tourism. This place of exchange of gastronomic knowledge seeks to vindicate the cultural traditions of the populations of the Chocoan coast in the Colombian Pacific, betting on the synergy between the traditional knowledge and the cultural and biological diversity of the territory, in order to consolidate value chains that range from production to the commercialization of value-added foods such as coconut oil and organic rice.
¿What we do?
ZOTEA is a restaurant, a green house, a production center, an exchange of knowledge, and a communitarian dream, that aims to generate opportunities to improve the income and quality of life of the community of Coquí and nearby villages from the South of Nuquí.
In a community of fishermen and farmers ZOTEA represents the best of both worlds. A boat: zotea, small boat or canoe that lost its ability to navigate but acquires a new meaning as a traditional food growing system.
How the Project was Born?
ZOTEA was conceived thanks to the union between two organizations, Chocó Emprende and FUNLEO, and the community of Coquí which have been working together focusing their efforts in materialize the collective vision to convert Coquí in the most important referent Colombian Pacific cuisine. In that way, Chocó Emprende contributes their vision of entrepreneurship and management,
FUNLEO, its trajectory of communitarian development with rural populations in the claim of ingredients and culinary traditions, and the community of Coquí with their unique cultural and biological heritage. In partnership, the three parts work hand in hand in the co- creation of a model where every partner contributes with their knowledge and their strengths.
Director of Chocó Emprende Foundation
Marina works together with the community of Coquí and Funleo, providing a management vision with a strong focus on the coordination of the parties as well as promoting commercial marketing strategies, network management and alliances.
Executive Board Director
He contributes the economic resources, the push to the project from the love to the region and his knowledge in Business that allows to constantly improve the plans and to advance solutions.
Advisor in Marketing and Communication
From his extensive experience in different companies as a leader in marketing and communication, he provides an invaluable insigh to the strategies that allow a greater exposure of the project by making alliances that allow it.
She is in charge of working together with Chocó Emprende and the community of Coquí to generate strategies and alliances that allow the adequate management of the human, environmental, cultural and economic resources that are linked to the project.
Director of Creative Culinary Labs
From her career as a chef, Leonor seeks through the implementation of creative culinary laboratories, points of convergence between art and vindication of traditional knowledge around the food system of Coquí, in order to generate social cohesion as well as the continuous use of traditional ingredients around innovative ideas.
She is responsible for working hand in hand with the community and institutions involved in the project to generate content and methodologies that can nourish the community process of the project as well as the logistics resulting from the implementation of strategies and laboratories in Coquí.
Member of the community of Coquí, wanting to learn and add to the project. He provides a local vision and is in charge of the functioning of Zotea, engaging, mobilizing and keeping the community motivated, promoting processes of appropriation and growth.
Young designer wanting to change the world. Together with Smith, she promotes community processes by following the day-to-day running of the restaurant and greenhouse and managing the production line of cold-pressed coconut oil.
She is a consultant for the project and is responsible for developing strategies and experiences that allow the positioning of Coquí and the region, promoting strategies of communitarian tourism.
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