Amazon Indigenous Women Association

$2,401 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 27 months
Hello my name is Leo Cerda. I am Kichwa and an indigenous social and environmental activist from the Ecuadorian Amazon. Currently, I am based out of Tena in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since I was 13 years old I have been involved with local indigenous communities fighting oil companies and big government projects that can potentially  destroy our territories, culture and the planet itself. 

Throughout  the work I have done with local indigenous women and my mother’s experience, I know first hand how hard it is for indigenous women to take care of their children and advocate for the Amazon. This is the reason I am supporting Amazonian Indigenous WOMEN to find an alternative sustainable income while  defending their territories. 

HAKHU women's association wants to provide a platform in the form of an online marketplace to sell the products of indigenous women artisans from the Shiwiar, Kichwa and Waorani nations from the Ecuadorian Amazon. The money received from the products will support projects within a community-based initiative format, such as providing classes and workshops  on how to continue these traditional art forms and designs to develop quality products and keep cultural knowledge from disappearing.

This project will give indigenous women a chance to improve their existing skills, learn innovation in design and gain knowledge of marketing systems. Indigenous women often face double discrimination, based on gender and ethnicity, and find themselves at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, marginalized from policy and decision making processes and from training programs. Yet in many communities, women are the principal or sole producers of traditional crafts as well as custodians of cultural knowledge.

So far, we have worked on legally recognizing the Hakhu Indigenous Women's Association and done a couple of workshops. Now we want to take this project  to the next phase and we need your support!

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-Amazon Update: The struggle of Indigenous People defending their territories is not only the indigenous peoples fight. This is the fight for all of us who consume air and live in this planet. Now we are standing against corporations and governments try to dig for more oil in indigenous territories. We say #No11thRound #NODAPL #CONFENIAERESISTE
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A great way to fight against exploitative oil, gas and mining development is to support community-based economic initiatives.

We want to thank you all for your support. We are continuing to work and promote this project and as you probably know every donation counts and can changes the lives of the awesome women defending their territories.

All ideas are welcome.

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$2,401 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 27 months
Created September 20, 2016
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Providence, RI
EIN: 270730043
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5 months ago
Kristi Larson
16 months ago

Love the jewelry!!

19 months ago
Christopher Camporverde
20 months ago

My wife was born in Ecuador and I deeply respect the culture and the passion of this young lady who is giving back to her ancestors and roots. Her determination speaks volumes of her character and I am proud to make this small donation to support her cause.

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