Azucena Wall Hanging by Peru PaperPrice $37.9537.95
Named for the Peruvian woman who made it! Recycled paper, traditional Peruvian textile design. 11" x 11". These products employ Peruvian women, helping them out of poverty.
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This amazing handmade Azucena Wall Hanging is based on traditional Peruvian textile designs that have been updated with modern colors. These 11"x11" pieces of art fit in standard-sized frames and look fantastic on the wall! Named after the women who make them, these are the most intricate and beautiful products we've ever offered! Purchase these as a gift or for yourself, and you can feel good about a beautiful purchase made from 100% recycled materials that employs amazing women in Peru, helping them out of poverty!
The Women of Peru Paper
Azucena Aguirre has worked with Peru Paper from its beginnings in 2005. She lives in the Victor Larco neighborhood in Trujillo with her three young children. Prior to working with Peru Paper, she sold candy and snacks in the street to provide for her family. This work was very dangerous to her and her children who had to accompany her, playing on the side of the road while she worked. Now with Peru Paper, her work allows her to be home with her children, protects them from harm, and provides stable income for their needs. Azucena says, "The biggest difference is it's camler. Before I had to take my chidlren into the streets with me. This work is safe."
Because of the amount of time Azucena has worked with the business, she has developed into a great manager. She designs and produces cards, helps with quality control, trains new employees, and helps with management decisions. It has been wonderful to observe her become a confident leader, which has earned the respect of her co-workers and her community.
During her time in Peru, Grace Bateman Greene was impressed with the creativity and industriousness of Peruvian women, especially how they sought to provide for their families in difficult circumstances. She stumbled upon the idea of making paper and greeting cards. With just $100 and some lessons on how to make recycled paper and homemade cards, the ladies started producing cards. Encouraged by the success in selling the cards and providing extra income to the women, Grace moved back to the US, and continued to promote it part-time outside of her own school and work.
Grace partnered with the Peruvian woman to start this project with $100 for supplies and had no idea that it would grow to its current size. The business now employs fifteen women and has been transforming lives as these women discover new talents in card design and business management, as well as being uplifted by the dignity that comes with work and provision for your own family. Such ‘success’ is not measured by money and has been a greater blessing than she could have ever imagined and one of the biggest joys of her life. She is deeply committed to Peru Paper Co., working for it to be economically and environmentally sustainable while achieving its social and spiritual goals of improving the lives of Peruvian women and their families.
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