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Social Enterprise Product Discovery with Peru's Indigenous Quechua

idea by smonsees
Social Enterprise Product Discovery with Peru's Indigenous Quechua

Website

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www.teysha.is

What is your idea to link your passion to travel with a purpose?

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My idea is to pursue a trip to work with the indigenous people of Peru on developing a social enterprise that empowers local indigenous populations by providing meaningful work and income to this often times disenfranchised group. The goal of the trip will be to discover and/or create a product or group of products inspired by the Peruvian indigenous culture and traditions. The product(s) will then be introduced in the U.S. marketplace.

This trip will be primarily focused on initial discovery where I will conduct product research to discover products that may have a high potential for success in the U.S. and European marketplaces. My friends, Sophie Eckrich and Travis Breihan, have started a successful social enterprise that is supporting indigenous women in Panamá by utilizing their unique artwork to create one-of-a-kind shoes and other products.

They are my primary inspiration for this trip and I plan on working very closely with them not only for their insights as well-traveled and socially conscious entrepreneurs but also for future social enterprise opportunities involving this project. Their advice and connections throughout Latin America will be crucial to the success of this trip and into the future.

Winning this prize will cover all travel expenses to conduct this discovery phase. All other expenses for product development will be incurred by me with the ultimate goal of bringing sustainable economic growth and opportunity to these indigenous communities.

How does your idea create a positive impact on local communities?

This project will focus on bringing sustainable economic opportunity with socially conscious products inspired by traditional indigenous practices. Opportunities for meaningful and gainful employment are slim and hard to find for indigenous people in Peru, especially in the more remote regions. The indigenous people of Peru are expert craftsman; producing amazingly beautiful and functional products. The goal of this trip will be to harness these skills and provide opportunities for sustainable economic development that will in turn provide more opportunity for growth and advancement in the future. I appreciate you taking the time to hear about my trip idea. Please share this with your friends as well! ¡Saludos!

Where will your project idea take place?

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Indigenous regions of Peru

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Hi my name is Andrea and Im from Peru. Im the head textile designer in the biggest pima cotton mill there is peru its called CREDITEX, we are located in Lima. And i have a lot of contacts and info about the artisans, peru, textile and where you can go to have a sucessfull proyect. If i can help you with something write me to aaramburu@creditex.com.pe

by andrea.aramburu.5
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi,
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by stefan.stevewonder
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi
My name is Ruth, Would you be interested in a helper, a kind of research assistant ? I love your idea . I am planning on studying abroad in Peru fall 2013 . Please contact me If u are interested rvelazquez@noctrl.edu

by velazqezchick
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love it Sanders! I'm glad you are using your experiences from San Sebastian to reach out in new ways :) Johanna

by johanna.bailey.1010
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks to everyone that took the time to vote and help out! Really appreciate it.

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Very cool idea. Get those last minute votes in!

by rharper2201
almost 2 years ago | Reply

impressive work I really liked your idea. GOOD LUCK with it!!

by fabipanda88
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck Sanders-what a wonderful area to target

by tiffanykurtz.considine
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck Sanders. What a great idea!

by S. West
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good Luck Sanders! I'll post this on my wall too!!

by KatOchsner
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good Stuff Sanders - So proud of you. I'm sending this on to Anne Keese & co. so they can vote.

by leaanne.wallace
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck!

by synapseatl@aol.com
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck!

by synapseatl@aol.com
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I am very impressed Sanders. Pam Ellerman

by pamellerman
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck Sanders. Do it up man

by crochester
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck Sanders. Do it up man

by crochester
almost 2 years ago | Reply

good luck monsees

by wesleyafrench
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Awesome project, good luck man

by George1220
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck!

by carr100@bellsouth.net
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Great idea, Sanders! Good luck.

by pam.powell.399
almost 2 years ago | Reply

You should be so proud of yourself!

by Tybeecat2000
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Altruism. Bring your Mom and Dad to visit in Macon soon.
Big C

by calder.clay
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck!!!

by LibbyCarson
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck Sanders! Keep us posted!
What a great thing to do!

by claire.w.russell
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Great idea, Sanders! I have voted for you and I am going to send your e-mail to Carolyn so she can let her friends know. Good luck from all of the Crabtrees!

by Ellen Crabtree
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Peru will be lucky to have you! Kathryn and BGD

by katash
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good Luck Sanders!!! John Martin's Mom...Love your heart!!

by Sallie Martin
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I want to be the gopro camera man for your trip!

by arjunp116
almost 2 years ago | Reply

dude you got a gopro? done.

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

dude you got a gopro? done.

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This seems to be such a great project with fantastic long-term benefits! I hope the best for you!

by mdartnell
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks Malin! Hope things are well in Athens!

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is very cool Sanders, I wish you success both for you and the artisans and their communities. Keep me posted.

by Aramee
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks! Appreciate you voting and checking it out!

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Congratulations....... I will vote daily. I wish you the best!!! -Jewel

by bijoux.hancock
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Unfortunately you can only vote once but would appreciate you sharing with your friends!

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Sanders, Awesome!! What great insight! We need more Sanders Monsees in the world! Kim smith

by sunnylu
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Sanders,

I'm awed and oh, SO proud! Good luck! Love ya, Lesley

by Lesterooney
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks Lesley! Love you too! Talked to Walker. Pumped he's coming back from the UK for Xmas.

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Exciting! Inspiring! And just plain "good!" Rooting for you--and your incredibly worthy (and pragmatic) project! -KPatton

by KPsav
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks Ms. Patton! I appreciate it! Hope all is well in Savannah!

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks Ms. Patton! I appreciate it! Hope all is well in Savannah!

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is such a tremendous initiative that has the potential to postively change the lives of so many. Kudos Sanders! Good luck! Angie & Sam

by ams8108
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks Angie! I really appreciate y'all checking it out. Nos Vemos!

by smonsees
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Sanders,

I'm awed and oh, so proud! Good luck! Love ya, Lesley

by Lesterooney
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks for sharing your great idea. We have visited your website. Do you focus on producing clothes and shoes? We read that your mission is to support local artists. Could you tell more details about how this artists are part of your idea.
Your travel2change team

by Travel2Change
about 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm for this idea! You are correct that right now we are focused on producing shoes with the Kuna Indians and artisans of Panama. The artists and artisans are the creators and producers of our items, they are the backbone. The shoes and someday clothes are a medium on which to display the authentic art and bring sustainable incomes to the indigenous and traditional artisan communities. Supporting these artists and encouraging them to continue to pursue their traditional artwork by means of sustainable enterprise is a primary goal for our projects.

Our current model, albeit constantly in the works, is to develop local and regional partnerships with other traditional artist to value add their art through shoes, clothes, bags and other functional mediums.
That being said, we are always interested in developing ideas with indigenous artisans who are eager to innovate and learn new skills. We find in cities, where their traditional environment is very much altered, that these opportunities have a huge potential to help bring these peoples out of poverty while providing an outlet for their art form.

In this case, a large part of our energy would go towards sourcing art from indigenous communities and creating partnerships in Lima and throughout Peru with other traditional artists such as shoe makers, seamstresses, and leather workers.

Thanks again for your interest. Let us know if you have any other questions!

by smonsees
about 2 years ago | Reply

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$1,000
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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 04

Submission Ended
Wednesday, October 31
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Thursday, November 01

Voting Ended
Thursday, November 15
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, November 20

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