Page 15 - 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report
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  1. luiai awaspa
The vision by a family of four female artisans from the Inga tribe was to combine their skills and build a business to help preserve the culture and tradition of Indigenous communities. The result was an artisanal jewellery and accessories business called “luiai awaspa,” which means “Weaving Thought,” in their Inga language. The business started in 2013 in the remote river town of Puerto Limón, close to GTE’s Moqueta facilities in Putumayo Department. Now, after five years of refining their skills and developing their products, the women are looking to expand into new markets and target audiences.
“Our vision is to create something beautiful and connected to our Indigenous traditions. We love showing people our culture through our work and as we grow, we want to teach children this skill to help preserve our tradition.” – Marci Jamioy, artisan and entrepreneur
“This program helped with how we approach our business and opened doors to new opportunities.” – Nadia Dorany, artisan and legal representative of luiai awaspa
2. Krisly Arepas
Ligia Rosa Guerrera began a small business three years ago making arepas, a traditional Colombian food. In addition to the training and development work, initial support through the Emprender Paga program included equipment such as a stove, refrigerator, tables and plastic jars, which helped Ligia get her business off the ground.
“The support provided by Gran Tierra and the Chamber of Commerce was so important in strengthening my business and changing my life significantly.” – Ligia Rosa Guerrera, founder, Krisly Arepas
“Emprender Paga is a very well formulated program that recognizes the needs of entrepreneurs and has the possibility to change the economic conditions within this region.” – Diego Burbano, Chamber of Commerce, Putumayo
Pictured: Marci Jamioy and Nadia Dorany
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