Leandro and Maria Mamani Incazteca Alpaca Knits and Accessories
This is the story of Leandro and Maria Mamani. They are just one of the 133 family members who have benefited from Incazteca collaboration over the past decade. When we first met Maria and Leandro, they were living and working in a modest brick home in the highlands of Peru. Together, Leandro and Maria wanted to find opportunities to work within their village while continuing to practice their ancestral knitting heritage. They also wanted to find a way to help support their community. Initially we recognized a special spark within Leandro and Maria. They had passion and wanted to make a difference within their village and family, but because of their distant remote location the opportunity for work was scarce. Through collaboration with our Lima workshop, Leandro and Maria were provided with just the opportunity they needed. They started with only one knitting machine and the passion to make a difference in their community.
Today, Leandro and Maria have built a new home, own twelve knitting machines, five linking machines and provide work for up to 43 artisan knitters within their community. Leandro and Maria shared in our vision and the fundamental belief that if given the opportunity, change could happen. They are just one example of the courage and tenacity that indigenous artisans possess. All 43 artisans produce our alpaca accessory knits collection working together in their community and benefiting from fair trade. Thank you for allowing us to provide the opportunity for change.
Below are listed the items they produce for the world: