The Manuelas Regional Group of Quechua and Aymara Artisans – URAQAM (for its initials in Spanish), an organization created during the previous meeting of artisan leaders in the Puno Region, participated in the fourth Artisan Fair, Makipuray 2014. The organization is part of the project “Access to and Improvement of Economic Income of Quechua and Aymara Artisan Women in Puno” executed by Movimiento Manuela Ramos.
Held from February 8th to 11th in the city of Puno, the event aimed to promote the development of profitable and sustainable artisan alpaca textile business initiatives at the local, regional, national and international level.
Held annually in celebration of the Virgin of La Candelaria, the fair is visited by national and foreign tourists who admire the beauty of artisan production as a demonstration of our culture. This year, over 40 artisan organizations participated, including URAQAM, which met the expectations of attendees as demonstrated by a high volume of sales.
“Each year, more people come to the fair who like the local products we offer. We have been congratulated for our work and this encourages us to continue”, stated Lorenza Huallpa, URAQAM board member.
Makipuray is an excellent showcase for discovering the capacity and quality of artisan production by both women and men artisans in Puno.