Three organisations of women artisans were winners of the competition “This is how we do it” -Successful Economic Experiences led by Women that took place on March 26th in the Provincial Municipality of Puno. The goal of the competition was to raise awareness about and share experiences related to entrepreneurship, management and organization of artisan associations in the Puno region.
18 organizations of women artisans participated in the competition, which was judged by an inter-institutional jury comprised of Blanca Fernández, program coordinator of Rural Development with Flora Tristán; Juan Fredes, president of CCPP; Juana García, director of Artisan Production with DIRCETUR and Alicia Villanueva, coordinator of the Economic Rights project at Movimiento Manuela Ramos. The jury evaluated work carried out and experience obtained by each organization.
“This is how we do it” allows us to experience, albeit briefly, the long journey of learning made by women entrepreneurs all over the world. On this occasion, more than one person who attended the event commented that, thanks to this event, they were made aware of the abilities, potential, needs and opportunities of these organizations that make way for others. Further, the event also demonstrates the need for greater support of the government through political proposals that benefit those who are in a less favourable situation so that they may continue to move forward.
Following the presentations made by the seven finalist associations, the jury announced the three winners. Third prize was awarded to “Aymaras Alto Andino” of Mazocruz, second prize was given to the association “Wari Wahuitas” from Laraqueri, and first prize was awarded to the artisan association “Nueva Esperanza” from Pilcuyo. These organizations received prizes of 100% spun alpaca wool with a value of one thousand soles, two thousand soles and three thousand soles, respectively.
The prize ceremony was presided by municipal manager, Ricardo Alvarez, municipal council woman Amalia Flores, and Felisa Checa, municipal council woman from Moho.
The event was organized by Movimiento Manuela Ramos and the Network Popular Education among Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (REPEM for its initials in Spanish), as part of the project “Access to and Improvement of Economic Income of Quechua and Aymara women in Puno”.