This week’s photo reveals the exquisite carved detail at Chotuna-Chornancap, Peru. This site, along with Bandurria, Peru pictured in last week’s Photo, is one of SPI’s newest projects beginning in 2013. The site of Chotuna-Chornancap is a stunning 235-acre monumental temple complex where several royal tombs have been discovered. However, the local community currently survives in impoverished conditions where electricity, a sewer system and even clean water is absent. The Sustainable Preservation Initiative will generate a sustainable income for the local community here by facilitating artisan training and production of center. This economic development will empower the local community and incentivise the preservation of this astounding cultural heritage.
This week’s photo glimpses a tour by SPI board members to Bandurria, the site of one of SPI’s latest projects beginning in 2013. Bandurria is home to four pyramids nearly 5,500 years old, the earliest monumental architecture of the Americas and excavations at this site have also revealed a cemetery that belonged to a complex society. 2013 will see SPI work to preserve the site and help to develop a community artisan and training center. SPI hopes to improve and maintain the local economy whilst preserving the cultural heritage of Bandurria for future generations.
SPI Board Members visit a local elementary school at the site of one of our projects. The benefits of an SPI developed site can be seen beyond the local artisans and among all members of the community.
Check out Mata Traders’s recent blog post featuring SPI: http://www.matatraders.com/blog/2013/01/fair-trade-preserving-archaeological-sites/
Mata Traders is a Fair Trade company that offers vintage-inspired women’s apparel made from handmade fabrics and materials. All their products are made by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that train, employ, and empower women in poverty.
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Happy New Year!
SPI is honored to be named Mata Traders’s “Charity of the Month” in recognition for our outstanding work empowering impoverished communities and saving cultural heritage sites. Our projects provide a 2-for-1 benefit: They bring sustainable income to poor communities while saving cultural heritage sites for future generations to study and enjoy! (Click here for more information)
For the entire month of January, Mata Traders will donate 10% of all orders made with the code ‘SPI’ to our organization, while you receive 10% off your purchases! The money raised will go toward funding our two new projects at Bandurria and Chotuna-Chornancap, Peru.
We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Mata Traders, a Fair Trade company that offers vintage-inspired women’s apparel made from handmade fabrics and materials. All their products are made by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that train, employ, and empower women in poverty. Click here for Mata Traders Shopping!
By partnering together, we can provide a sustainable income to poor communities, save cultural heritage sites, and empower women in poverty around the world!