Awamaki

Awamaki collaborates with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.
Jun 20, 2014

Welcome, Martha!

Welcome Martha, the Knit Production Coordinator!
Welcome Martha, the Knit Production Coordinator!

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

Thank you for your continuous support and donations to our project of “Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru”. We have an exciting announcement to make!

Martha, from our Rumira knitting cooperative, has joined the Awamaki team as our knit production coordinator! Martha is a talented knitter and the treasurer of the Rumira cooperative. At Awamaki, we try to carry out our mission in all aspects of our work, and that means hiring and training staff from the communities we serve. We are training Martha to do knitting design and technical design so that she can work with volunteers to ensure their designs come out correctly. She is also doing quality control for all knit and handspun products, which means managing three different cooperatives! 

By training Martha to create and teach knit designs, we are paving the way for the women artisans to keep taking leadership with product design. “I enjoy working for Awamaki and learning and sharing my experiences with others here. I’m very happy here.”

Please send us your best wishes to help us welcome Martha to our team!

Mar 26, 2014

Updates regarding our Quality Assessment Workshops

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

I am writing to thank you for your generous donations to our “Capacity-Building for Rural Women Artisans in Peru” project and to share with you the incredible progress we’ve made with the members of our Fair Trade Women’s Cooperative.

As our reputation continues to grow, and our number of orders and clientele increases, it’s extremely important that our cooperatives continuously broaden their product knowledge base and technical skills. As always, the goal of this particular project is to provide technical help, product development advice, skills training, and appropriate tools to members of our artisan cooperatives.

Awamaki is currently administering a pilot program of quality assessment workshops to the women of our weaving cooperatives. Generally speaking, the women of the Patacancha lack the proper critical thinking skills to analyze the quality of the products they create for Awamaki. Through these workshops, the women are learning important skills such as how to standardize product measurements, recognize the distinction between straight and rounded edges, read custom textile design orders, and maintain color consistency in their weavings. We will also provide rubrics with detailed instructions, and additional tools to ensure utmost accuracy for the orders we place with each cooperative.

In administering this project, we hope to create greater transparency on the reasoning behind Awamaki’s product orders and payments. Giving the women quality assessment skills not only empowers them to better manage their production process, but also allows them to make informed decisions to overcome any administrative or technical issues within the cooperative.

Your support through GlobalGiving allows Awamaki to support the women of our cooperatives with skill building and knowledge training.  Workshops like these translate directly into increased economic opportunities and a better life for the women and their families. Please stay tuned for more updates about our quality assessment workshops!

Mar 24, 2014

Updates from the Awamaki Language Center

Spanish lessons with Sonia and Megan!
Spanish lessons with Sonia and Megan!

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

I am writing to thank you for your generous donations to our “Teach to Teach” project and to share with you the incredible progress we’ve made with the members of our Spanish language cooperative. At Awamaki, we view the exercise of gratitude as an important and humbling exchange that reminds us of how far we’ve come, as well as what our aspirations are in coming months. Many of you donated to this project a little over two and a half years ago, when the Spanish program at Awamaki’s Language Center was in its infancy, and the teachers were just starting their initial six months’ training program. Today, the Awamaki Language Center is well known throughout Ollantaytambo and surrounding communities as the socially-responsible Spanish language school of choice.

As our reputation continues to grow, and our number of students increases, it’s important that our teachers continuously broaden their knowledge base and teaching skills in order to feel confident about their teaching goals and abilities. Recently, the teachers have taken a particular interest in expanding the size and breadth of the Awamaki’s Language Center with the goal of filling up our teachers’ schedules in order to maximize the impact of the program. Following this initiative, we’ve been able to use your generous donations to print new flyers to distribute amongst tourism businesses in town, as well as market our Language Center services in Cusco to anyone who has plans to visit Ollanta and wants an excuse to stay even longer! Additionally, we’ve had the opportunity to improve our classroom facilities and have seen a particular improvement in the Language Center’s teaching ambience due to the new soundproof dividing walls.

In other news, the members of the Spanish cooperative have participated in skills building workshops to better address the needs of the teachers and students at the Language Center. With your generous donations, we’ve been able to provide the teachers with additional teaching resources such as bilingual course books and photocopied educational materials. These materials are now available for all of Awamaki’s teachers to use during their respective teaching sessions and to maintain a sustainable and practical set of resources in the Language Center. The teachers are now able to create their own lesson plans, and collaborate with each other to share and learn from each other’s ideas in utilizing these new resources. Since doing so, the teachers have demonstrated increased levels of self-confidence, and continue to truly enjoy their work at the Awamaki Language Center.

We would like to thank each of you who have supported this particular project. By donating to Awamaki, you are helping us to provide the resources and facilities to support the women who belong to our Spanish language teachers’ cooperative. It is your generosity that provides them with a regular and reliable source of income and for this we cannot thank you enough!

We look forward to keeping you updated on our project developments.

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