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Grow Amazon artisan income & Peru rainforest trees



This project will help build sustainable livelihoods and conserve rain forests with six Bora and other native communities in the Peruvian Amazon by promoting planting, sustainable harvest and sale of value-added non-timber forest products. It will empower over 100 native artisans and woodsmen to create and market innovative fair-trade handicrafts and fragrant essential oils as alternatives to economic activities that degrade forests. Craft sales will also support community health and education

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Amazon forest loss is driving species to extinction, aggravating global warming, and robbing people of unique medicines, foods and other benefits. Cutting and burning forests is often more profitable than conserving them, so some native communities in northern Peru have illegally logged and grown coca and other cash-crops to escape poverty. They most want sustainable ways to improve their income, health and education that enhance forests, respect their culture, and strengthen their communities

How will this project solve this problem?

This project will empower women artisans in six Amazon native communities in Peru to create and sell innovative handicrafts made with sustainably harvested chambira palm fiber and natural dyes. It will also train Bora men to produce fragrant essential oils by distilling copal tree resin and leaves from rosewood and other aromatic plants. Old fields will be planted with chambira and more than 1000 rosewood tree seedlings to provide a long-term supply of raw materials for making crafts and oils.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will generate sustainable income for over 100 native families by energizing their imagination, pride and traditional knowledge to create rare fragrances and unique crafts such as guitar straps woven with jungle snake patterns. They will learn new ways to protect their forest resources and rescue the rosewood tree for future generations. Communities will receive ongoing benefits as CACE returns 20% of its craft sales to support their chosen health, education and conservation needs.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $28,863
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,123
Total Funding Goal: $37,986

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Center for Amazon Community Ecology

State College, Pennsylvania, United States

Project Leader

Campbell Plowden

State College, PA United States

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