• Women’s Artisanal Co-op
  • Sustainable Tourism

We aim to help women’s cooperatives learn to start and run their own businesses. We do this through our programs in women’s artisanal cooperatives and sustainable tourism.

Women’s Artisanal Cooperatives

We partner with cooperatives of rural Andean women to provide training and market access. The objective of our efforts is to provide women with a reliable source of income so they can increase their families’ quality of life and well-being. Our partner cooperatives weave, knit, spin and sew. We offer trainings in quality control, product development and technical skills improvement. In our trainings, we teach color combination, natural dyes methods and weaving to measurement to weavers. Fiber selection and spinning yarn to specified weights to spinners. Stitching and reading patterns to knitters. Sewing, garment pattern-making and design to seamstresses.

We aim to help women’s cooperatives learn to start and run their own businesses. We do this through our programs in women’s artisanal cooperatives and sustainable tourism.

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism includes a homestay association, a Spanish teachers’ cooperative, and market access for both. It also includes community cultural tourism excursions to visit Awamaki’s weaving cooperatives where products can be purchased directly. Our Sustainable Tourism projects lead meaningful cultural experiences for tourists and promote appreciation of Andean traditions and ways of life. We operate a store in Ollantaytambo to sell products to tourists. We sell in the United States through our online store, trunk shows and partner retailers.

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