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Providing education for 50 Kichwa artisans



Provide 50 Kichwa artisans with workshops and training to start a handicrafts business and earn steady income. This will allow conservation of the rainforest and the Kichwa lifestyle in Chipaota, Peru

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Nourish-Austin will build a workshop and train Kichwa women in business skills to ensure steady income from traditional handicrafts. There are 1,300 people in the Mushuk Llacta de Chipaota tribe depending on unsustainable rates of Piassaba fiber harvests for crafts from the rainforest. They face over 50% malnutrition in the community and travel long distances to find the Piassaba tree because of deforestation.

How will this project solve this problem?

Creating the plant nursery will allow the Kichwa to harvest fibers from there instead of in the Rainforest. The workshop and business training will generate steady income and help fight malnutrition with better food.

Potential Long Term Impact

Generations of Chipaota Kichwas will benefit. The businesses can be expanded as the population needs. The rainforest conservation plan is responsive to the needs of the community and the forest. It does not hurt one or the other at any point in time.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,640

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,640 .  The original project funding goal was $5,750.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Suchisima Pahi

International Projects Director
Chapel Hill, NC United States

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