Waorani Women Greening the Amazon

by PPD/GEF/UNDP

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  • $7,000.00

    Financing objective
  • $5,421.91

    Funds collected
  • 29

    Days to go
  • Objective to be achieved

    End of campaign method
Percentage achieved :
77.46%
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, Ecuador

PPD/GEF/UNDP

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History of the campaign

Introduction

We are Waorani women, with our productive enterprise, Waorani Hecho a Mano, we preserve our ancestral culture and conserve the biodiversity of the Amazon, the jungle that is our home. The Waorani are the last indigenous Amazonian nationality to be contacted in Ecuador. Our insertion into modern life was abrupt and had a drastic impact on our way of life. Weaving is what keeps our memory alive so that we do not forget who we are.

We love weaving, it is one of the traditions that most identifies us, around it we have the chance to sit around the fire, sing, tell stories, talk, laugh. When we weave we teach our children what our pikenani (grandparents) taught us so that they don't forget how we Waorani do things.

We weave with chambira, a fibre native to our jungle, from which we have traditionally made shigras for gathering our food, fishing nets, and our much-loved hammocks. Through our Association of Waorani Women of the Ecuadorian Amazon (AMWAE) we protect this plant species, and we work in conservation and training activities.

 

Our campaign

With your support we will be able to continue with this valuable work for our nationality, which preserves our ancestral culture and at the same time helps to improve the quality of life of our families. The proceeds will allow us to reforest with native plants the farms in our 58 communities, distributed in 3 provinces of our Amazon: Napo, Pastaza and Orellana. 

Our economic goal

This campaign has a fundraising target of USD 7,000. With this amount our goal is to create small forests in our farms, within the great forest that is the Amazon, using native plants that in addition to diversifying the planting, allow us to obtain 25 different colours to naturally dye our handicrafts, improving the value chain of our Waorani Handmade brand, which is the economic livelihood of our homes.

With your contribution, we will make it possible.

 

Thank you from our jungle green heart!

Do you want to know a bit about the great process that goes into the creation of our handicrafts? Here we tell you about it! We walk for long hours in our jungle to collect the chambira, then we proceed to defibrate, to cook the fibre on firewood, which we put to dry in the sun for about three days, time in which we can proceed to dye them using native plants, when they are ready we can start to twine them to obtain the thread with which we make our unique handmade pieces.

Rewards

$5.00 - $9.00

Certificate of Appreciation

1 sponsors

$10.00 - $19.00

Digital Postcard of the Reinicia Project, in favour of the reactivation of rural and indigenous communities in Ecuador.
and indigenous communities of Ecuador, by Designers with Heart

0 sponsors

$20.00 - $49.00

Digital Book of the Reinicia Project, in favour of the reactivation of rural and indigenous communities in Ecuador.
and indigenous communities of Ecuador, by Designers with Heart

1 sponsors

$50.00 - $99.00

Digital Book Tote Pikimpa, The Joy of Singing, to learn about the wonderful Waorani culture
through the songs and stories of the pikenani (grandparents) that inspire the weaving of their handicrafts.

1 sponsors

$100.00 or more

Wao, Chocolate for Conservation + Waorani Handmade, Chambira Handicrafts +
Tote Pikimpa Digital Book, The Joy of Singing, learn about the wonderful Waorani culture through the songs and stories of the pikenani (grandparents) that inspire the weaving of their handicrafts.

2 sponsors