Awamaki

Awamaki collaborates with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.
Jun 11, 2013

Support Awamaki's women this Wednesday!

Awamaki's "Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru" project has been making great progress, and our cooperatives have been taking advantage of some valuable trainings recently.  This last week, Awamaki was able to help support Daniel Soncco's trip to Patacancha, where he led two natural dye workshops to the women of Awamaki's weaving cooperative. Daniel, from Parombamba, has worked with Awamaki for several years now, and he is our weaving and dying expert due to his extensive self-taught knowledge of local plants and natural dyes. By supporting Daniel's trip to Patacancha, he is able to spread his wealth of knowledge to other cooperatives that Awamaki's works with, giving the women advanced skills and increased economic opportunities.

Interested in continuing to support Awamaki's "Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru" project? Donate this Wednesday, June 12th and take advantage of Global Giving's Donor Matching Day! All donations made on June 12th will be matched by Global Giving by 40%, 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 Wednesday, we have the chance to win a $1,000 bonus from Global Giving, so even the smallest donations can make a huge difference to our weaving cooperative in Patacancha!

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.

Jun 11, 2013

Support Awamaki's Spanish teachers this Wednesday!

Teachers from Awamaki's Spanish Teacher Cooperative have been working hard, leading Spanish lessons for all of Awamaki's new volunteers and a good number of the tourists who pass through Ollantaytambo. Pictured above is Eunhae and Ruth. Eunhae, from South Korea and currently studying at Bryn Mawr College is one of Awamaki's newest volunteers in the Community Education program, and Ruth is her Spanish teacher. Eunhae and Ruth have been hitting the road in Peru lately, exploring the Sacred Valley and speaking Spanish as they go!

Like Ruth, all of Awamaki’s Spanish teachers are dedicated and passionate about teaching Spanish, and have been able to make their classes fun and unique because of all the support their project has received from donors like you! The more captivating the classes, the more people are interested in taking them, which leads to increased economic opportunities for the women.

Are you interested in continuing to support Awamaki's "Teach to Teach: Training Women to Teach Spanish" project? Donate this Wednesday, June 12th and take advantage of Global Giving's Donor Matching Day! All donations made on June 12th will be matched by Global Giving 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 Wednesday, we have the chance to win a $1,000 bonus from Global Giving, so even the smallest donations can make a huge difference to Spanish teachers like Ruth!

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 succes this Wednesday with us as we post updates to Facebook.

May 20, 2013

Awamaki's Spinning Cooperative Learns to Felt!

Awamaki is currently working with our ten spinners to teach felting. In the raw fleece that they spin, there are fibers that are too short for spinning. Until now, these fibers went unused. Felting with this leftover fiber allows the spinners to use waste material to make beautiful felted products they can sell.

From January to April, Awamaki hosted two Designer Residents, Joey Korein and Rosie Boycott-Brown, who led the felting project. Joey has a background in fiber arts and teaching, and Rosie in knitwear design. The two designers worked with Awamaki's hand-spinning cooperative in Huilloc to make felt and soft alpaca felted products with the waste fiber left-over from the spinning process. The spinners had never felted before, so Rosie and Joey developed products in order of difficulty and traveled to Huilloc weekly to teach the 10 women the steps for producing different types of felted designs.

The design workshops were accompanied by classes in product costing, given by the Awamaki team. In April, the spinning cooperative had the opportunity to meet Nicole Gulotta of Nomadic Thread Society in NYC. Nicole explained to them the process she goes through as an importer to give the women a better understanding of the chain of production. 

Awamaki has already begun selling two of the felted products in our local store in Peru, and has received orders from Nomadic Thread Society for one product, felted baby booties. Awamaki plans to reinforce these new skills by continuing to bring designer residents to work with the cooperatives in Peru and improve the women's felting skills. Eventually, Awamaki and it's volunteers plan to teach the women to lead the product design process as well. 

Income in the hands of women is the best way to lift communities out of poverty. The new skills that the ten women have learned empower them to be leaders and better care for their families and communities. As a successful social enterprise, most of Awamaki's core costs are covered by income from our programs, but the cost of workshops that teach new skills, like felting, are entirely funded by donations like the funds we receive through this GlobalGiving project. 


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