From January 22nd to 24th, over 40 women leaders from the districts of Puno, Pilcuyo, Ilave, Lampa, Azángaro, Asillo, Laraqueri, Plateria, Chucuito, Paucarcolla, Moho, Huancané, Juli, Pomata and Mazo Cruz participated in the II Artisan Leadership Meeting, Puno Region. The meeting, “Exporting to the world”, was held in the city of Puno.
This activity fostered a space for reflection commitment to the advances and perspectives on the participation and economic rights of artisan women leaders from production groups who participate in the project “Access to and Improvement of Economic Income of Quechua and Aymara Artisan Women in Puno”. The project is financed by the European Union and executed by Movimiento Manuela Ramos.
During this activity, the “Las Manuelas Regional Group of Quechua and Aymara Artisans – URAQAM” was created, with a regional board of directors comprised of 10 artisans. The central steering committee is led by Nancy Ticona Maquera from the Nueva Esperanza organisation from Pilcuyo, and includes Natividad Gallegos Monzón from Paucarcolla, Belinda Quispe Luque from Lampa and Lorenza Huallpa from Laraqueri. These women vowed to work for and oversee the growth and consolidation of the organization and also expressed their appreciation to Movimiento Manuela Ramos.
The Regional Board was sworn in by the Head of Economic Development of the Regional Government.
Finally, the leaders committed to support and continue work already begun by the project as well as to ensure sustainability upon completion. They also vowed to oversee the newly formed “URAQAM”, as well as to recognize strategic alliances and generate joint plans for bringing together artisan associations.
Clearly, artisans who participate in the project continue to organize in order to move forward with their own perspectives as well as to strengthen the organizational and commercial growth of their associations.