With great enthusiasm it was celebrated the closing of the project “Access and improving of economic income of Quechua and Aymara Craftswomen in Puno”, on Tuesday 13, whose purpose was to highlight and strengthen the economic participation of rural craftswomen of the Quechua and Aymara area.
The ceremony was attended by Irene Horejs, ambassador of the European Union, the vice president of the Puno region Saul Bermejo; Deputy Mayor of the Provincial Municipality of Puno, María Amparo; the Mayor of the District Municipality of Vilque, Venancia Apaza; the Program Coordinator of the Movimiento Manuela Ramos DDEE, Alicia Villanueva, and on behalf of the craftswomen, the president of the URAQAM, Nancy Ticona; among other local and regional representatives as well as private entities.
Through joint work between authorities in Puno, craftswomen and Manuela Ramos, with funding and commitment of the European Union, it was possible to launch this process of affirmation and personal growth of craftswomen and the development of their productive and management capabilities, coupled with the women’s own artistic and creative skills.
“Women have not only learned about the knitting through which they now contribute economically to the household, but also they already know their rights, they know how to be heard and respected. For the European Union, who is supporting various projects in the country, this project developed by Manuela Ramos is the most successful”, said Irene Horejs, ambassador of the European Union at the beginning of the ceremony that presented results, achievements, lessons and challenges of this great experience.
The Quechua and Aymara craftswomen want to share some of their most important achievements:
- There are 37 productive groups formally constituted, in craftswomen associations registered in PR, and 21 craftswomen groups have achieved 100% customer satisfaction.
- Increases of at least 20% by 2011, 40% or more were recorded in 2012; and over 60% in 2013, due to productivity, variety, creativity and production quality in alpaca fiber, cotton, and growing mix garments and toys.
- Export records in the period 2012-2013 indicate that they have sent more than 50,000 products to the United States, Spain, Canada, Holland, and England.
- Craftswomen have participated in nine regional fairs: Puno transforma, Maki Puray 2012, Mucho gusto of Ica, Maki Puray 2013, Mucho gusto of Tacna, Arequipa’s FIA, Pure Puno (in Puno), Maky Puray 2014; six local fairs: 04 in Lima and 2 in Puno; six national wide: Peru Fashion 2012, Pure Puno 2012, Peru Gift Show 2013, Peru Fashion 2013, Pure Puno 2013 and Peru Gift Show 2014; and finally, in two international fairs: Ethical Fashion Show in Paris 2011-2012; and Bubble London 2013 and 2014.
- An unplanned achievement was the establishment of URAQAM; a network that brings together nearly 800 associated craftswomen and today represents a significant production supply in knitting of the Puno region.
- There are three craft stores in July, Laraqueri and Mazocruz, as a result of the interagency agreement among the authorities of Puno, Manuela Ramos and craftswomen.
- The project has generated material of interest that helps to understand this experience, know the context of craftswomen of Puno, record their achievements and challenges, in addition to offer informative and instructional material as the manual: El tejido y sus acabados, Manual básico de crochet y bordados, Tejiendo nuestras vidas, el Plan de negocio nuestra organización de tejedoras, among other publications and interactive material.
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