Despite the close proximity to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, and the thousands of tourists that visit these sites each year, very few communities from the surrounding countryside benefit from tourism. These indigenous communities maintain a traditional way of life and are dedicated mainly to pastoral and agricultural activities. In order to provide work opportunities for members of this community, men from Ccaccaccollo are employed by G Adventures to work as porters and cooks on the Inca Trail. Through the development of the women’s weaving co-op, we are providing a viable economic alternative for the women as well.
Your donation will help us meet the needs of the Ccaccaccollo Community. To date, traveler support has enabled us to purchase 8 alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, to fund a 3-day dental clinic and to build a community centre supplied with looms and sewing machines used for indoor weaving and community gatherings. We also provide on-going capacity-building and training for the women to learn more about product diversification and sales presentation.
Since 2005, Planeterra has been working with the Ccaccaccollo community to develop a women’s weaving cooperative. Most G Adventures groups are able to visit this community as part of the Sacred Valley Tour and Day Tour. Here they meet the women and learn about all the stages of the weaving process: hand-spinning the wool, dying the wool using natural dyes, and participating in a weaving demonstration. Today 43 women belong to the association. Travelers are also given the opportunity to purchase high quality textiles directly from the women who made them.
By working with the women of this community, we are encouraging them to be proud of their cultural heritage by showcasing their intricate weaving skills. This also enables the women to help provide for their families and benefit from tourism in a way that avoids negative social and cultural impacts.