OUR STORE ... Indigenous handcrafts & more ...
Traditional Otavalo blouse
We sell handcrafts, clothes, gift items, jewlery, art, herbal medicine and personal care products created sustainably by various indigenous communities from both the highlands and Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.
We buy directly from the artisans, then return profits made from sales, back to fund community projects. This provides the artisans and communities with their own source of income and helps them remain in their environment creating and exposing their goods to our guests, from North America and all over the world. For many of them, especially in Amazonia, this income helps them remain on their lands as stewards, instead selling it or migrating to the cities looking for work, where often they loose much of their ancestral knowledge and way of life. The indigenous cultures in all of Amazonia are under conststant threat and influence from petroleum, lumber, soy, cattle ranching, or palm oil corporations looking to increase profits at the expense of literally our earth's "lungs", and pharmacy. As consumers, and stewards ourselves, it is vital to be conscious of the products we use, and who we ultimately empower with our purchases. We thank you for choosing to shop with us and our communities, we will be posting on our blog of all our accomplishments created by your purchases in our store.