Awamaki is a non-profit registered in the U.S. and Peru creating economic opportunities for women in Peru’s remote Quechua communities.
Kennedy Leavens founded Awamaki in the belief that income in the hands of women is the best way to lift communities out of poverty. Located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Peru, Awamaki works with Andean woman’s artisan cooperatives to develop their technical and administrative skills and connect them to an international marketplace. This “Impact Model” incubation programme is funded by Awamaki and is delivered with local partners in Quechua. The process allows indigenous women to create independent businesses without dependence on charity. From the sale of products, artisans double their average annual income, which is often the difference between poverty and upward mobility. A second component to Awamaki’s work is a Sustainable Tourism programme offering visitors immersive experiences and the chance to understand the Quechua culture in an impactful, non-exploitative manner.