The spectacular site of kuelap is set for a tourism explosion which might bypass local communities unless they have the skills to take advantage of it


  The Site Kuelap is one of the most important pre-Inca sites in Peru.  Located in the Amazonas region, the huge fortress is over 600 metres in length will walls which rise over 19 metres containing over 400 buildings. It was inhabited by the Chacha people for around 700 years before the Inca invasion.

 

The Site

Kuelap is one of the most important pre-Inca sites in Peru.  Located in the Amazonas region, the huge fortress is over 600 metres in length will walls which rise over 19 metres containing over 400 buildings. It was inhabited by the Chacha people for around 700 years before the Inca invasion.

    The Community Kuelap is poised for a huge increase in tourists due the development of a cable car to the site. Local stewardship and economic benefit is vital for this tourism to be sustainable. The community of Maria is an hour away from the site, on the road tourists currently take, which will be bypassed by the new cable car.   

 

 

The Community

Kuelap is poised for a huge increase in tourists due the development of a cable car to the site. Local stewardship and economic benefit is vital for this tourism to be sustainable. The community of Maria is an hour away from the site, on the road tourists currently take, which will be bypassed by the new cable car.   

  The Project SPI is working with an exceptional association of women artisans in Maria, to give them the skills and knowledge to build their business with new hand-made products and benefit from the rich archaeology and make their community thrive. 

 

The Project

SPI is working with an exceptional association of women artisans in Maria, to give them the skills and knowledge to build their business with new hand-made products and benefit from the rich archaeology and make their community thrive. 


Achievements

  • During 2016, the women worked with designers to create new products inspired by their local cultural and natural heritage and learned how to make the new designs. The new products are now on sale, with the group roughly doubling their income in 2017 from the previous year.
  • The women are now also selling at a nearby museum as well as at craft fairs throughout Peru! 

the big thing we learned

  • Community organization is at the heart of everything we do and this group is a great example of that!

The Future

  • The women are learning to make themselves a more effective business to bring themselves more opportunities and make their community thrive!