Tribal Store is an online store set up by the American Heart Walk Foundation to support Q’ero people in the remote mountain villages of Peru, and to help safeguard their unique culture and weaving traditions.
Tribal Store buys textiles, ponchos, hats, jewelry and other beautiful handicrafts directly from the Q’ero artisans in their own villages, at fair trade prices. The organization makes sure to purchase something from every family, then sells the products online, with international shipping possible. Since Tribal Store is run by unpaid volunteers, the entirety of the profits generated from the sales is used to further develop the Q’ero communities, including investing in education, food security and health projects.
When you buy a fine woven craft from Tribal Store, you receive along with your purchase a photo of the weaver and a description of their village, so you can connect with real Q’ero people and know you truly are making a difference in their lives. Furthermore, choosing Tribal Store is making an ethical, sustainable choice and giving much needed income to a poor family, all the while getting your chic on with a bright-coloured, warm poncho no one else has! No-brainer, isn’t it?
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Do you love this cause? Support it with a gift!
If you don’t think a fluffy Peruvian hat suits your personal fashion style, instead of shopping please consider making a direct donation. Your gift could put a Q’ero child through school, finance medical care or even fund new infrastructure. The latest success story is a new high school built in the clouds (at an altitude of over 3,600m, or 12,000 feet): thanks to the generous support of donors everywhere, Q’ero kids do not need to leave their families to go study anymore! You, too, can be a part of this. Thank you for them!