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Rescuing their ancestors' stories

On the shores of Lake Piuray, at 3,689 metres above sea level, lives a small community of farmers whose first language is Quechua. They work the land and breed small animals such as cuys (guinea pigs), sheep, pigs and chickens, mostly for self consumption.

For centuries, knowledge in Quechua families has been passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth. Women and men learn to weave when they're little, taught by their parents and grandparents. The colours and motifs on their traditional clothes vary from region to region and they each tell a story. 

In some regions, these traditions have been lost. Many stopped wearing their traditional clothes to avoid discrimination. It's only in recent years that communities have started saving their traditions and acknowledging the importance of keeping them alive.

Propelling them to new heights

Due to their remote location and limited access to jobs, they find it hard to give their kids a better education and more opportunities in life. Women are now seeking economic independence by recovering their weaving traditions and selling their crafts to the public.

We've partnered with them, offering them a flexible and comfortable way to work that suits their lifestyles and helps them fulfil their and their families’ needs without having to leave their community. We're helping them reach a wider audience and educate outsiders about the importance and meaning of their craft.

We're also helping those who want to set up their own local businesses by giving them the tools, knowledge and support they need so they can be independent, even from us. 

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