Awamaki

Awamaki collaborates with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.
Dec 31, 2016

New Years' Resolutions from our knitters

Martha, Rina and Justa
Martha, Rina and Justa

This past week, we sat down with a few members of the Rumira knitting cooperative to hear their resolutions for the upcoming year. Rina, Justa, and Irma were measuring yarn for some knitting orders with Martha, our production coordinator, but they were still able to spare a moment.

Rina, Irma, and Justa talked about how they wanted more work in the coming year so that they would be able to support their children. Many of the women use their extra income from knitting orders to pay for their children's schooling, especially the costs associated with university. Collectively, the group also wanted to finish their crafts center and try out new knitting designs. Through the trainings and business development your donations help fund, the Rumira knitters have built a successful client relationship with one one client other than Awamaki. Their goal is to find another so they can build a healthy client portfolio. 

After talking with some of the knitters of Rumira, it is clear that graduating from our training model as an independent business is on their minds. They are excited about running their own business and they feel confident about the next steps they need to take. We want you to be a part of Rumira's graduation next year (our first cooperative to graduate!) but they won't get there without your continued support.
 
We extend our deepest thanks for a great 2016 that has gotten us, and the Rumira knitters to this point. Please consider them in your end-of-year giving and help them achieve their 2017 goals. 

Dec 30, 2016

Rosa and Maritza's New Year's Resolutions

Maritza and her daughter
Maritza and her daughter

This year, the Puente Inca knitting cooperative has been working to advance as an independent business. Your odnations have funded trainings in quality control, and the beginning of construction on their new crafts center. They know they have a long road ahead of them to build the kind of excellent quality and business skills necessary to graduate from our training model. With that in mind, we sat down with them to ask them their New Year's resolutions. 

Rosa told us that her resolution for the new year is for her cooperative to become comfortable taking risks. She wants them to learn new knitting techniques, finish their artisan center, and work together as a group to take on an independent client.

Maritza hopes that in 2017 the Puente Inca group will be able to work independently with a business in the Cusco region. She wants the group to finish their artisan center, especially the second floor, so that they can host visitors to their cooperative and have a permanent place to meet and work. Personally, Maritza aims to save enough to finish building her house, which still needs to be painted and furnished since she lost everything in a flood in 2010. By making these improvements, she will be able to host tourists and use her extra income to buy more animals for farming.

Rosa, Maritza and their fellow knitters are motivated and excited to grow their business skills, but they can't do so without your investment. Please consider helping them achieve their goals in 2017. 

Nov 24, 2016

Thank you and a video from Awamaki

In what has become an annual tradition, we have put together a video to thank you, our donors, as another year draws to a close.
 
We know that a lot of you live pretty far from our work. By giving us your time and funds, you show incredible faith in us. You also demonstrate your humanity by caring about impoverished women who live so far from you. The world needs people like you, and we are grateful. 
 
We wish we could bring you to Peru to see the incredible impact your donations have. This videois our best effort at bringing the joy of our work to you. We hope that it makes your day a good one. 
 
Thank you so much for all your support. 
 
Warmly, 

The Awamaki Team
p.s. Care to support these amazing women with your holiday dollars? Shop our store!

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