Presented by: Alex, Caterine and Philippa

Values:Preserving Indigenous culture. Empowerment of Women.

Step 1: Work with NGOs to elaborate an action plan and develop an educational strategy

Step 2: Build a place where they can work or attend workshops from Experts, the help of the government or NGOs

Step 3: Approach the indigenous culture, gaining their trust through understanding of culture, problems and needs.

Step 4: Start off with simple changes in their products and slowly building up in difficulty through constant workshops and mentoring

Step 5: Looking for the skills of each individual, maybe finding someone who wants mentoring in internet etc. to help with development and future detachment of NGOs

Step 6: Building a program to teach them basic skills for money management so they can build their own companies in the future.

The idea of our project is to work with the indigenous community MACHA in Potosi- Bolivia. The community consist of 1500 people and most people work in the mines or in agriculture. The area is well known for their alpaca, there is an ancient tradition of using alpaca but it cannot keep up with modern standards. This is why this society do not take advantage of their unique resources. Currently they use their techniques for their traditional wear, blankets and the typical Aguayo. The Aguayo is a rectangular weaved peace of cloth with very important symbolic meaning and the motives vary depending on villages. They use them for carrying children, fruits, rocks; its their version of a backpack.

By using their knowledge and resources we want to give them the opportunity to gain economic independence and rediscover their pride and skill in old traditions. We also would like to promote the use of natural dyes and environmentally friendly practices. Also we would like to give them the opportunity to take control of their lives and their futures through mentoring and living wages, this could be achieved with the help of local NGOs.

They are using it just for basic living. Our idea is to bring experts into these communities and work together with the people, exchanging knowledge from both sides. Since most people in these communities have no education, this would be also part of the project to educate as much as possible.

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