AYACUCHO • PERU

Ayacucho is among the 25 regions of Peru counting with 688.657 mil inhabitants. Although Peru is considered one fast growing economy due to the increased number of exportations, there is still an enormous discrepancy between the capital and the inland regions, includying Ayacucho. Ayacucho experiences a shortage in quality of education which is leading to an increase of problems such as: rise of problems in food security, reforestation, solid waste management and basic services.

Winay Maki has been a relevant player in the city of Ayacucho since has been able to provide education, employment and an overall community support despite the internal challenges of the organization that are tied to the current conjuncture of the region. Winay Maki faces severe challenges on the operational and financial sustainability which can jeopardize the future of the organization

THE STORY OF 2 ARTISANS

Ciriaco was born in a native communityin Milpu, in the region of Ayacucho. At the age of 9 years old, Ciriaco moved to Ayacucho to attend school. At the age of 13, he started selling at the market, and at the same time, he started learning how to weave and knit handicrafts. Since then, he has never stopped working with handicrafts. When he turned 15, he left his community to live in Lima, so he could sell his handicrafts. In Ayacucho, he met Victoria, who later would become his wife, and in 2000, they started their
own small business so they could help other women and men living in the mountains and the city who were struggling to find jobs. With the profits of the company, they invested in an education project for the disadvantaged children of Ayacucho.

Ciriaco belongs to the committee of two associations: the artisans regional association and the association that supports the development of Milpu. His biggest dream is to be able to support the people in need, from children to the elderly.

…“they started their
own small business so they could help other women and men living in the mountains and the city who were struggling to find jobs.”

Victoria was born in Ayacucho. Victoria learned embroidery and knitting
from a very young age thanks to her family’s teachings. She used to knit small bags and cases for the children in school. When she met Ciriaco, they joined their skills and dreams and then set up the Winay Maki project.
Nowadays, she does the embroideries in all handicrafts of Winay, including in the pillowcases. Victoria also takes care of the poor children and elderly living in Ayacucho, she organizes the work with all women in the region and she is also the director of the Santa Ana farmers’ association.

BY SUPPORTING THE WOOL ANT PROJECT YOU ARE HELPING WITH

EMPLOYMENT
Increase number of jobs among the low-qualified in Ayacucho.

SOCIAL CANTEEN
Provide basic nutrition to low-income elderly and young children.

STUDY CONDITIONS
Providing accommodation for students outside the Ayacucho city.

EDUCATION
Providing english and cultural skills to children from low-income backgrounds.

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