Providing education for 50 Kichwa artisans

by University of Texas - Austin Chapter, Nourish International


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
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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Rainforest Partnership
Chipaota Blog
Nourish International-Austin Chapter
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Organization Information

University of Texas - Austin Chapter, Nourish International

Location: Chapel Hill, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Suchisima Pahi
International Projects Director
Chapel Hill, NC United States

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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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