Each holiday season, we invite you to consider a gift that gives back.
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International and We Play Well Together are honored to partner with the Kichwa women of Sarayaku in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.
We're deeply honored to be supporting this group by importing and selling their beautiful beaded jewelry on our website. We Play Well Together has donated funds to purchase the first round of artwork from the Sarayaku Women in addition to donating website and logistical support to send them to you.
All profits from your purchases will directly support the livelihood of the craftswomen, and their advocacy work to protect the forest through Amazon Women Defenders of the Jungle (Mujeres Amazonicas Defensoras).
The Sarayaku Art Project:
Uplifting Indigenous Women in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Protecting the Amazon Rainforest and a Way of Life
The Sarayaku are Kichwa-speaking people of approximately 1,400 inhabitants who live in a village made up of 7 community centers in the rain forest of the southern Amazon in the province of Pastaza, Ecuador.
They struggled for over two decades to protect their villages, the forest, and their way of life after the government of Ecuador granted the oil company Compañía General de Combustibles (CGC) license for oil operations in Sarayaku territory.
Then the Sarayaku brought a case against the Ecuadorian government to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the court ruled in their favor in 2012. The IACHR ruling was an extraordinary victory, not only for the Sarayaku but for the rights of all Indigenous communities in the Amazon facing similar threats. (You can learn more by watching this 2012 film Children of the Jaguar.)
One-of-a-kind intricate jewelry pieces and collections made from beads of locally gathered and sustainably collected Amazon seeds feature stunning designs and ingenuity.
Bracelets, earrings, and necklaces entirely made of small colorful beads. Each one is uniquely beautiful and carefully crafted by the Kichwa women of Sarayaku in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.
Enchanting earth clay bowls with handmade glazes of varying motifs and designs. Each bowl has cultural significance to the Amazon women that make them. They're delicately painted with great care, skill, and creativity. (only a few items left!
We Play Well Together is proud to support The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). In the face of the escalating climate crisis, and the devastating impacts of environmental and social degradation on the Earth and our diverse communities – the voices, actions, solutions, and leadership of global women on the frontlines of climate change must be recognized.
I feel so strongly about supporting this organization I built a sister website to weplaywelltogether = littleworldwonder. All profits from your purchases will directly support the livelihood of the craftswomen, and their advocacy work to protect the forest through Amazon Women Defenders of the Jungle. Please consider making a purchase that matters this holiday season.
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