Awamaki

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

Weaving Immersion Workshop

Weaving Immersion Workshop
Awamaki approaches education as a mutual exchange of knowledge. We offer our artisans regular capacity-building workshops to help improve their skills and gain the confidence and business know-how to eventually manage their own sales. Additionally, we find it important that both foreigners and the local community value and understand the work that goes into artisanal production. Through our sustainable tourism program, tourists can visit our partner communities, see how the women work and have a chance to test their own skills to fully comprehend the difficulty of perfecting the traditional methods our artisans have practiced for generations. (view small | med | large | orig)

Capacity Building: Spinning Skills

Capacity Building: Spinning Skills
Most of the artisans we work with live in rural communities and have practiced their craft from a very young age as part of daily life. They are highly capable of producing quality work but often lack the outlets necessary to generate income from their labor. Awamaki aims to build upon the existing base of skills by further developing the business practices and strategic knowledge necessary to maneuver in an increasingly globalized world. We aim to not only empower our artisans financially, but to also help them build self-confidence and pride in what they do. As a result, we hope that they will not see their position as artisans as a dead end or lack of options, but rather as a viable source of income that is respected internationally. (view small | med | large | orig)

Volunteer Ruth reading to Jose

Volunteer Ruth reading to Jose
Photo from Progress Report 'Patient Empowerment II' (view small | med | large | orig)

Alex and volunteer Natasha in the sun

Alex and volunteer Natasha in the sun
Photo from Progress Report 'Patient Empowerment II' (view small | med | large | orig)

Florentina Finishing Lab Garment

Florentina Finishing Lab Garment
Photo from Progress Report 'Production and Program Evolution' (view small | med | large | orig)
 

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