This year at Awamaki, we are thankful for you. You provide us the funds to give women the skills and opportunity to earn an income and lift their families out of poverty. You believe in us and you invest in our women and their potential. Thanks to you, this year we have:
We couldn't do this without you, and that's why we made this thank you video.
Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday season!
Awamaki’s Capacity Building Project is full of exciting updates! The Global Giving fundraiser that we held in June to raise money to send our weavers on a visit to another women’s group in Puno was a huge success thanks to all of our generous donors. A large part of the women from the Patacancha cooperative will be going on the trip in a few months time thanks to the money earned from the fundraiser! Women in the Andes have very little opportunity to travel or build networks with other women in business. Examples of women leadership or economic success in their communities are rare. Even a short trip to a different region of the country will be instructive and inspiring.
The Patacancha weavers have been busy with a series of intercultural leadership workshops. The goal of the workshops is to cultivate leadership in the women so they have the confidence and skills to take over management of their cooperative business; next in the series are workshops on administrative skills and technical skills. These leadership workshops focus on connecting the women to their cultural identities through team building games and discussions about how to face challenges as a group of indigenous people. The women also had a chance to discuss the challenges and roles of being a woman in remote communities in the Andes today, and how some of these challenges can be effectively addressed. Awamaki has partnered with the Centro Bartolome de las Casas (CBC) to carry out the workshops. The CBC has over 40 years of experience promoting indigenous empowerment in the Cusco region.
Without the kind and generous support of our donors, Awamaki would not be able to organize capacity-building trips and workshops for our cooperatives. In order to continue to increase the success and autonomy of our cooperatives, we put tools and knowledge directly in the hands of the women artisans. By learning new ideas and rediscovering their own cultural identities, the women are empowered to make positive changes in their daily lives and in the running of the weaving cooperative, ensuring their future economic success and their ability to earn income and transform their communities. Thank you again for all of your support!
Awamaki's knitting cooperative is still hard at work acquiring new financial skills through our financial workshops. By learning these skills, the women of the cooperative can continue to take management of the group into their own hands, leading to sustained leadership and ownership of the cooperative. Awamaki strives to put power in the hands of the women in our cooperatives, and by facilitating skill-building workshops such as our current financial workshops, the organization can increasingly empower the women with life long skills and ownership of the cooperative.
Interested in continuing to support Awamaki's "Capacity Building for Rural Women Artisans in Peru" project? Donate this Wednesday, June 12th and take advantage of GlobalGiving’s Donor Matching Day! All donations made on June 12th will be matched by GlobalGiving by 30%, but only until matching funds run out... so make sure to make your donation early in the morning!
And if we have the highest number of unique donors on Wedneday, we have the chance to win a $1,000 bonus from GlobalGiving, so even the smallest donations can make a huge difference to our cooperatives!
Awamaki would love to send women from our cooperatives to Puno for a fieldtrip to learn about how other weaving associations in Peru operate, and what skills they are using to advance their own economic opportunities. Many of the women of our cooperatives have never left the Ollantaytambo area, and would benefit greatly from the opportunity to travel outside of their towns and see how women in other areas of Peru are working.
That being said, this Wednesday we are setting a goal of $2,700 to be raised for this project, with the hope that we can send a group of women to Puno for a capacity building fieldtrip in the near future!
Thank you for your continued support. The wonderful work at Awamaki would not be possible without the generous donations from supporters like you! Keep track of our donation success this Wednesday with us as we post updates to Facebook.
Since our last project report, Awamaki has been busy working with our artisan groups to improve their effectiveness as global pioneers, and leaders in their households and communities.
Awamaki is currently administering a pilot program of financial leadership workshops to the women of our knitting cooperative. The women of the cooperative currently lack basic financial knowledge and skills. Through these workshops, the women are learning skills such as how to use a bank account, the difference between formal and informal savings accounts, how to keep a household budget and what it means to be economically competitive in the global market. These skills allow the women to manage cooperative finances, which increases the sustainability and self-sufficiency of the cooperative. Awamaki is training several women from the knitting cooperative and once they complete the course, they in turn will teach financial management skills to the rest of the women in the cooperative.
Giving the knitters financial and leadership skills not only empowers them to manage the finances of the cooperative; it also allows them to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Saving for the future, for things like education and medical bills, is not a common practice in rural Andean communities. However, as the women of Awamaki earn income through their participation in our programs, their new financial skills allow them to fully leverage their increased economic power for the long-term benefit of their families. These skills give them the knowledge and confidence they need to plan, budget, use banks and save.
Your support through GlobalGiving allows Awamaki to support the women of our cooperatives with skill building and knowledge training. Workshops like the financial leadership workshops translate directly into increased economic opportunities and a better life for the women and their families. Please stay tuned for more updates about our financial workshops!
Finally, if you have a mom in your life who embodies women’s empowerment, consider donating a Gift for Good for her this Mother’s Day. Donate to this project today and receive a hand woven, one-of-a-kind iPad case for your favorite mom!
Awamaki works with nearly 60 indigenous weavers. For several years we have regularly run natural dyes workshops with them so they can retain traditional techniques and increase the market value of their weavings. A local weaving expert leads the workshops, which are funded in part by donations to this GlobalGiving project. Since we began holding the workshops, the weavers' dyeing expertise has increased, but as our project grows, we have increasingly specific dyeing needs. For example, in order to accept many international orders, the cooperative must be able to guarantee certain color shades or combinations. Plant, fungus and insect dyes are an important part of the weavers' tradition, but by nature they are imprecise in their fidelity to exact color shades. Dyeing expertise is an increasingly necessary skill in order to link weavers to international markets. Responding to the increasing demands of these markets, in November Awamaki held extra, more intensive natural dyes training for six weavers who had volunteered to become dyes experts. In the future they can take charge of leading dye workshops for the whole cooperative, rather than relying on an outside teacher to lead them. The weavers' new expertise will also allow the cooperative to offer dyes workshops to tourists through Awamaki's tourism offerings. Tourists will be able to stay in the community in the home of one of the weavers, and learn to spin, dye and weave.This is an exciting step towards greater cooperative autonomy, and will translate directly into increased income for the women. Moreover, running workshops internally will save Awamaki funds to invest in other skills that will allow our female artisans to continue creating unique, fashionable goods for international markets.
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