Your support makes our mission possible, as we grow organically and address the needs of the artisans and communities.
Our Work & Mission
• Set up traditionally built facilities for artisans to have a place to develop and produce their goods.
• Work with indigenous Amazon artisans to develop products and open markets that generate a sustainable economy for the communities, while protecting their culture and rainforests.
• Design and develop products based on their traditional arts and local materials.
• Train in quality and production to ensure consistency.
• Train in business and marketing to run their own businesses independently.
• Train in computer and internet.
• Supply communities with materials, laptops, internet, electricity through sustainable sources, etc., where needed and available.
• Fund production of goods.
• Pay artisans a fair wage for samples and production of goods, as well as share 50% of profits from the sale of goods (after all costs and expenses) with producing communities to use in varied ways through projects that enhance their livelihood, while maintaining their cultural identity.
• Connect with luxury markets and designers looking to source the artisans' work for their collections.
• Exhibit and sell collections and traditional goods through wholesale, trade shows and our online Shop.
• Ensure that artisans and youth continue cultivating their arts and culture.
• Promote the protection of indigenous Amazon culture and the rainforest within the communities, domestically and abroad.
• Share sustainable solutions that harmonize with indigenous Amazon culture to enhance their way of life and address a community's needs.
We work with women-run artisan associations in the Amazon. Their success impacts their lives, that of their families and communities by using their own creative resources to generate sustainable means to address their needs and thrive in their own communities.
Their success in their own communities also means that they can live where they feel most alive, surrounded by nature and ancestral wisdom they have protected for centuries.
Protected Amazon rainforests benefit all of us and the planet.
Other Ways You Can HelpBuy the artisans' exquisite high-quality Amazon eco fashion and products at www.orgbyvio.com.
Choose your rewards
Seven Amazon Rainforest Wallpapers for your Smartphone $10+
For $10 or more, you receive 7 Wallpapers for your Smartphone featuring beautiful nature images from the Amazon rainforest.
Cofán or Awajún Unisex Bracelet $25+
Awajún Beaded Necklace $50+
Cofán Beaded Necklace $75+
Cofán Kango Triple Beaded Necklace $75+
Amazon Shoulder Bag $100+
OR a Unisex Awajún Wanpash Bag
Awajún Beaded Chichao Necklace $125+
OR an Awajún Beaded Woven Necklace $125+
Awajún Etsa or Enkepa Beaded Necklace $175+
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Black Seeds
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Natural & Black Seeds
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Saffron Seeds
Or Awajún Enkepa Necklace in Multicolor Beads
Cofán Hammock $300+
SK1 Knife Sage Blades $650+
Sage Blades is the product of knife designer and maker Dylan Farnham, whose attention to detail, function and beauty combine to make the perfect cutting tools that can be passed from generation to generation. All Sage Blades knives and tools come with a lifetime warranty.
Sage Blades has been invited by the men in the Awajún community of Urakusa in the Peruvian Amazon, to give a workshop and teach them how to make their own knives from found metal, which ORG by vio® will sponsor. www.sageblades.com.
Rewards from our Deep in Forests partners
Yanesha Bowl PaTS $245+
PaTS stands for Partnership and Technology for Sustainability. "PATS means EARTH in the YANESHA dialect. PaTS has twelve years working in the Palcazu Valley, in the Central Peruvian Amazon, with the Yanesha ethnic group as partners, in five Native Communities along this exquisitely beautiful lush valley.
PaTS program increases the value of one tree, from US$30 to $1,800 of economic sustenance for the forest inhabitants. This allows them not to have to harvest many trees to live sustainably, and allows for their forests to be managed easily. Only two trees per hectare were harvested, on average, last year, 2011.
Artisans are able to work in their own home. We aim to keep them employed only three weeks a month, so they may also tend their farms and live their family lives. PATS is a Peruvian non-profit organization still receiving financial sponsorship from foundations until sales reach a Sustainability break even volume, forecasted to be reached by the end of 2013. www.patsperu.org
Click on photo to watch PaTS video on YouTube or watch in the Gallery tab above.
Traditional Ashaninka Cushma Robe Ecotribal $350+
Dyed with plant dyes, Cushmas are an Ashaninka's most prized possession and there is a very long tradition of giving and exchanging cushmas and cloth with nyomparis (or trading partners), which linked distant Ashaninka villages into cycles of meetings, collaboration and resource sharing. Each Cushma is unique. Yours will be similar to the one pictured above.
Ashaninka Shoulder Bag Ecotribal $100
For $100 or more, you receive an Ashaninka Shoulder Bag from Ecotribal. Made from organic cotton fibers and natural plant dyes in a white, brown and black striped pattern with single strap. Each bag is unique. Yours will be similar to the one above.
Ecotribal's basic mission is to collaborate with indigenous peoples in a way that provides them with an income from sustainable products that support their culture and autonomy as well as territorial and environmental integrity.
Ecotribal has been established in 2004 after a long period of gestation, including 28 years traveling and working in South America, accumulating experience in anthropology, sustainable development, teaching, tourism and journalism. This work has led to strong direct links to rainforest communities, particularly in the Peruvian Amazon. www.ecotribal.com
Tambopata Research Center, Rainforest Expeditions $1,500+
Click on Parrot Clay Lick photo below to watch on YouTube or watch in the Gallery tab above.
Photos by Jeff Cremer.
Airfare not included.
Rainforest Expeditions is a recipient of The Rainforest Alliance 2012 Sustainable Standard-Setter award. This Peruvian ecotourism company shares with visitors in a sustainable manner the miracles of the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, 1.5 million hectares of pristine, still wild, tropical rainforest encompassing an area of land the size of Connecticut and stretching from the Andean highlands to the Amazon lowlands. It includes the Tambopata National Reserve, a 275,000-hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers. It is adjacent to the 1-million-hectare Bahuaja Sonene National Park. Conservation and ecotourism is helping to protect some of the last untouched lowland and premontane tropical humid forests in the Amazon.
Since 1989, guests of first one and now three Rainforest Expedition eco-lodges have added value to the region’s standing tropical rainforest. A sensitively conceived and managed (in some cases by native communities) touristic infrastructure creates a competitive alternative to such unsustainable economic uses as clear cutting the forest for timber or for cattle grazing. The partnerships Rainforest Expeditions has forged with local people eager to share Amazonian traditions with guests provide connection, expertise, adventure and access to wildlife in the jungles of Tambopata. Rainforest Expeditions has been verified and certified “a sustainable tourism business” by the Rainforest Alliance. www.perunature.com