The Chachi are an indigenous group in the Cayapas River Basin in Northern Ecuador. This region is a part of the incredibly biodiverse Chocó-Darién moist forest ecoregion. Only 5000 Chachi currently remain. According to Chachi oral tradition, they originated in the mountains to the East, and moved into their current location in response to conquests of their land. The Chachi speak a Barbacoan language named Cayapa, belonging to the Chibcha language group. For generation, cacao, or chocolate, has been the main product of this people.
During the past two years, this people have embarked on an effort to revitalize their cacao and produce high-quality, single origin chocolate.