Our mission is to provide sustainable employment opportunities and form long-term business relationships with Aymara and Quechua artisans throughout the Andes Mountains. We believe in empowering Andean women through dignified work that allows them to earn a dependable income without having to leave their local village for larger cities.
The knitting cooperatives we partner with are located in rural communities throughout Peru and Bolivia. The artisans receive consistent knitting projects throughout the year and set their own work schedules. This flexibility allows them to participate in local customs and spend quality time with family. Many of our artisans enjoy teaching their children and grandchildren the traditional knitting techniques that have been passed down through generations of Andean women for centuries.
We aim to connect consumers with the communities and personal stories of the artisans that we partner with. We believe that it is essential for all of us to consider the people behind the products that we buy.
Alejandrina is 56 years old and has been partnering with us for 10 years. She takes care of her home and her 3 children when she isn’t working on knitting projects. She learned to knit from her mother when she was young and now enjoys teaching her grandchildren to knit.
Maria is 42 years old and has been knitting with us for the past 9 years. She runs a small business selling candy when not working on knitting projects. Knitting helps her to feel relaxed and allows her to provide financial support for her parents.
Zenovia is 40 years old and has 2 children. We have been partnering with her for 4 years. She takes care of her home and tends to her family’s crops and livestock when she isn’t working on knitting projects. She hopes to continue improving her work as an artisan through knitting for Andes Gifts.
Reyna is 28 years old and has been partnering with us for the past 10 years. She uses the money she earns from knitting to pay for her studies at a technical institute. Her desire is to keep improving her knitting technique and to continue her studies.
Julia is 59 years old and has been knitting with us for 10 years. She has 7 children and tends to her home and her family’s crops when she isn’t working on knitting projects. She uses her knitting income to invest in her children and grandchildren.
Juana is 50 years old and has 4 children. She has partnered with us for the past 8 years and tends to her family, home, and crops when she isn’t knitting. The money she earns helps contribute to her family’s financial stability.
Juana is 60 years old and has 5 children. She has partnered with us for the past 10 years. Although she has many years of experience and has always earned an income through knitting, she still enjoys knitting and considers it to be a personal hobby.
Celia is 41 years old and has been knitting with us for the past 10 years. Her 2 children hope to own their own business someday. She uses her knitting income to pay for their education. Her family grows potatoes and she tends to the crops when she isn’t working on knitting projects.
Daniela is 52 years old and the mother of 5 children. For the past 10 years she has been knitting with us. She enjoys teaching her daughters and granddaughters how to knit and feels fulfilled through sharing her work with them.