Over the past week we’ve witnessed huge support for our cause to alleviate poverty in the communities of Bandurria, Peru and Chotuna-Chornancap, Peru as we broke the $40,000 mark! Throughout the past few days alone our campaign has been chosen among thousands of others to be featured on Team Indiegogo’s blog. The last week of our campaign also saw an article in the Huffington Post featuring the story of Julio Ibarrola, an entrepreneur from the town of SPI’s past project site San Jose de Moro, who has transformed his life from struggling campesino to flourishing artisan. Our goal with People Not Stones 2013 is to repeat this amazing result in Bandurria and Chotuna and empower a new community of entrepreneurs like Julio.
With less than 48 hours and less than $5,550 to reach our goal, please help us with the final push by contributing, sharing and spreading the word about People Not Stones 2013. Join us on our campaign page at midnight tomorrow, Tuesday 26th March to see how we have done and where we go from here!
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.
Happy Holidays from SPI! Santa gourd ornaments designed and handmade by SPI-sponsored artisan Ivan Cruz in Pampas Gramalote, Peru. The sale of these (and all of the artisans’ handcrafted gourds) brings sustainable income to the community and helps preserve the endangered archaeological site at Pampas Gramalote.
Ancient monumental architecture at the archaeological site of Bandurria, Peru, site of one of two new SPI “People Not Stones” projects. By investing in local businesses in artisanal and touristic development, our project will create jobs, bring sustainable income to the community, AND preserve its cultural heritage.
The holiday season has begun and it’s Artisan Monday on Novica.com!
Today and tomorrow purchase the handcrafted ceramics and gourds of SPI-sponsored local artisans, Julio Ibarrola and the San Jose de Moro Association at San Jose de Moro, Peru, and Ivan Cruz and his trainees at Pampas Gramalote, Peru, and receive FREE SHIPPING!
SPI’s unique paradigm of economic development empowers poor communities by creating sustainable entrepreneurial business opportunties. By investing in artisans like Julio and Ivan, whose local businesses depend on the preservation of their community’s archaeological site to attract visitors, SPI’s projects both generate sustainable income for the community and preserve precious cultural heritage for future generations.
It’s the perfect gift idea for family and friends: a gift that keeps on giving in a multitude of ways. Enjoy free shipping (and $7 or more off your purchase) of our artisans’ work on Novica today and tomorrow!
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Chotuna-Chornancap, Peru, one of SPI’s newest project sites, is a stunning 235-acre monumental temple and pyramid complex that spans nearly 1,500 years of history. Just this past August, archaeologists discovered a remarkable burial over 1,000 years old containing such precious items as pearl and shell beads and gold earspools amongst four corpses, the face of one covered with a copper sheet. Unlike any other tomb of a revered person in the region, this one was likely built by an ancient water cult and meant to be flooded periodically, perhaps as a means of ensuring the region’s agricultural fertility (see National Geographic article here).
The community living near the archaeological site of Chotuna, Peru, is very poor, with no electricity, sewer system, or even clean water. Our project empowers local entrepreneurs as it invests in local cotton textile artisans, constructing a facility for artisan training and production as well as a small picnic and sales area for their work near the archaeological site. The project will also build a store and showroom for these handicrafts in the Bruning National Archaeological Museum in the nearby city of Lambayeque, as well as guidebooks and brochures for the site.
This Black Friday, consider starting your holiday giving with a contribution to SPI! Help us transform lives and save the site of Chotuna-Chornancap by donating here.
Ancient Moche ceramics from the archaeological site of El Brujo. Local artisans create pieces inspired by these ceramics excavated at SPI-sponsored sites. The sustainable income generated from their sale gives the local community an economic incentive to preserve their cultural heritage.
Great news! A large university in Peru recently ordered 100 of the ceramic featured above, hand-crafted by SPI-supported master ceramicist Julio Ibarrola at San Jose de Moro, Peru! The sales of these works of art bring sustainable income to the impoverished community there and are fueled by visitors to the archaeological site.
Purchase and/or explore more of Julio’s works here on NOVICA.
SPI Founder Larry Coben (far right) and the Board of SPI at Chotuna-Chornancap, an important Lambayeque archaeological site where the burial of a priestess has recently been uncovered. Carlos Wester, Director of Excavations at the complex, led them through excavations of the priestess’s tomb, which are currently underway.
This past week, Coben and the SPI Board visited SPI’s current project sites as well as several other famous archaeological sites in Peru.