Awamaki empowers rural Andean women with skills training, connects them to global market, and enables them to earn an income.
Our mission is to collaborate with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.
We envision highly skilled Andean women artisans engaged in the market economy, running successful cooperative businesses, and leading their communities out of poverty.
Awamaki was founded in early 2009 to provide market access to a cooperative of ten women weavers from Patacancha, a rural Quechua community in the Peruvian Andes. Awamaki’s founders, Kennedy Leavens, Miguel Galdo and Emma Hague, had worked with the weavers at Awamaki’s predecessor organization, a local museum, for two years. When the museum could no longer support the project, Miguel, Kennedy and Emma formed Awamaki to continue their work with the weavers.
Since 2009, Awamaki has grown to include other programs in economic empowerment, education and skills development, and sustainable tourism.
We help to empower indigenous women weavers and create the opportunity for them to achieve a higher degree of financial independence. We organize women's artisan cooperatives, provide skills-building workshops (in spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing) and provide access to the market through our Fair Trade Store in town, thereby allowing women to earn a reliable income.