The Artisan Women’s House, a project of Movimiento Manuela Ramos, began its operations on June 4th, 1993 in order to improve artisan´s quality of life and promote the consumption and valuation of Peruvian artisan products.
The Artisan Women’s House specializes in the commercialization of hand knit products made by Puno artisans. Along with these women, we create a line of accessories and dolls in fine natural fibers, fill orders for export to international clients and participate in national and international fairs.
One of our main goals is to contribute toward the empowerment and economic autonomy of women.
Puno, an Andean region in the south of Peru, is well known for the quality of its textiles and folklore. Here, the two great ancestral cultures of Peru are intertwined: Quechua and Aymara.
Puno is also an international tourist destination and, as a result, artisan production is one of its main activities. It is estimated that there are ten thousand men and women artisans in the region, most of whom are women who engaged in textiles.
Despite its artistic and cultural wealth, Puno lies in one of the poorest areas of Peru. This is one of the reasons why the Artisan Women’s House has focused its work in this region.
Who supports our work?
The Artisan Women’s House carries out its work thanks to International Development Cooperation funding.
We are currently working on project:
“Consolidating the economic enterprises of Aymara and Quechua artisan women of region Puno, Peru” sponsored by “la Caixa” Foundation
The women who participate in the project live in the rural and peri-urban areas in nine provinces of Puno.
Thanks to financing from Foundation Social Work “la Caixa” in Spain and the cooperation of Economists Without Borders NGO, we continue to strengthen the work we have done in favor of Quechua and Aymara artisan women in Puno, Chucuito, Ilave, Azángaro, Moho and Melgar. The “Consolidating the economic enterprises of Aymara and Quechua artisan women of region Puno, Peru” project has as main goal to contribute to improving of sustainable and autonomously economic participation of 300 artisans.
To meet our goals, the productive initiatives of the artisan will be strengthened, promoting their empowerment from a gender perspective and sustainability. The project will also promote the development of hand-woven products quality, spreading offer on different modalities and commercial windows of fair market; It will also promote the exchange of good practices both at home and abroad.