Awamaki works to empower women in the Sacred Valley region through our Women’s Artisanal Cooperatives and Sustainable Tourism Programs. Additionally, our Volunteer Program brings international volunteers with various skill sets to support our work.Put Awamaki at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ollantaytambo trip planning app.
The Women's Artisanal Cooperatives Program provides skills education to women's cooperatives in product design, product quality, and business leadership. The program also connects them to local and global fair trade market access for their crafts, including through our Awamaki Fair Trade Store located in Ollantaytambo.
Awamaki's Sustainable Tourism program trains rural and indigenous women to host visitors, sell their hand-woven products, teach Spanish and Quechua, and lead Peruvian cooking classes. Our tourism program connects the women we work with to markets in the local tourism economy.
If you are only in town for the day, you can visit our Awamaki Fair Trade Store to learn more about our programs and purchase knit and woven textiles at fair prices - supporting our women weavers in the process!
In providing access to these opportunities, Awamaki works to empower our amazing women to earn reliable incomes, lift their families out of poverty, and transform their communities.
First, our guide Melissa was wonderful. She was very attentive to keeping us informed of what the weavers where saying in Spanish so we knew exaclty what was happening. The women that did the... more »
Dina, an ex head chef, taught us how to cook two Peruvian dishes in her own home with her extended family popping in and out. It was magical and thoruoghly recommended. more »
Great place to find ethically sourced, genuine alpaca products. Awamaki works with local weaving communities and helps women in those communities build businesses that benefit their families and communities. Purchases in the store go to support their cause.
The Awamaki store offers beautifully hand woven items by beautiful women living in the communities above Ollantaytambo and the surrounding areas. Awamaki is non-profit so most of the people working in the store are volunteers and do not make any money for their time and effort. What these volunteers do gain, is a chance to get to know the women making these beautiful items and understand the culture and community of the area. To say this store is not representing the local people is showing a lack of knowledge of what Awamaki is. Awamaki supports the women of local communities and helps them sell their items for their true value with the plan to help the women, eventually sell items directly on their own. Being a non-profit, one could say Awamaki supports the local women more than other stores as they only take what is needed, and the rest goes back directly to the women. Take a tour with Awamaki and you can buy directly from the women who made the garmet you buy. The profit goes directly to her. And you get to meet and spend time with these beautiful ladies. An experience you won’t soon forget.
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