Our Mission

Our mission is simple: to create job opportunities for women on the rural coast, in the highlands, and in the jungle of Peru.

Our Vision

Become a social entrepreneurship that serves as a model for the improvement of the quality of life of our artisans, as part of a world with gender equality.

Our Dream

We dream about our women artisans smiling, that their happiness comes from seeing their children healthy and happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT US

Founded in September 2006 by Karin Santa Maria, PIMALPAKA is a social company where our main objective is creating opportunities for those who need them the most.
We design, manufacture, and export handmade fashion textiles accessories made from natural fibbers such as alpaca, wool, cotton, and toquilla grass.
In the development of our collections we train groups of women from different rural areas of Peru to improve their skills, as we organize and prepare them to transform their own small, formal, and sustainable businesses where our company becomes their main client. With this, they obtain sustainable incomes that generate an impact in their lives, homes and communities.
We export Karin de la Sierra BELTS+BELTS to more than thirteen countries around the world, such as: the United States of America and Canada, as well as across Europe and South America. The brand consists on belts made on a pedal loom or backstrap weaving, embroidered and hand painted with acrylic paint on canvas.
In Karin de la Sierra everything is made with love and care. We are a sensible brand that designs your accessories with character, transmitting our rich heritage and culture through them.
Our products come from rusticity and become trendy urban accessories that encourage people to connect with their dreams and each other. With the objective on enriching the life of both, our artisans create our KDS belts and accessories with love and dedication, inspiring those who buy them to do what they love…creating a path to the pursuit of happiness.
Each belt takes about 7 to 9 days to be made and are completely handmade one by one by our artisans in an atmosphere of freedom and joy. Through the value chain Karin de la Sierra, we create the opportunity to achieve our dream of improving their lives and communities.
With an entrepreneurial model, we encourage our artisans to empower themselves and become leaders of change. We are present in six rural areas of Peru: Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Piura, Cuzco, La Libertad, and Pucallpa, all working with the same philosophy: do what we love and work with people who feel the same way.
In KDS we are happy to live life with enthusiasm and hope, because for us life is what we do with it.



OUR MISSION

Our mission is simple: to create work opportunities for women on the rural coast, in the highlands, and jungle of Peru while establishing a long-term commitment and helping them achieve sustainable incomes that help improve their quality of life. We treat each of our collaborative artisans as an important part of our business: providing fair wages, respecting them, and taking into account their work and dedication in the development of each piece of our collection.



OUR VISION

Become a social entrepreneurship that serves as a model for the improvement of our artisans’ quality of life in a world with gender equality, fair wages, and care for the environment.




OUR DREAM ON PIMALPAKA

We dream about women artisans smiling
…that their smiles come from seeing their children playing
…that those children go to school while their mothers work
…that their jobs allow them to access opportunities
…and that these opportunities give them prosperity
… reaching other women and communities
…in a great big world where the sun shines for everyone. …

HOW WE STARTED:

Pimalpaka SAC was born with the success of the first project by our founder, Karin Santa Maria. The project was named “TIKANCHAY”, that in Quechua (the language of the Incas) means “to bloom” or “blossom”. This was also the mission of the project; it served as a “coach” for selected groups, promoting entrepreneurial training, and manual skills for women victims of family violence and terrorism in the 80’s. It offered them the opportunity to create and have sustainable businesses, thus making their dreams reality. That was the source of inspiration and driving force that gave us the strength to fulfill it. Supported by the Belgian technical cooperation, AID to Artisans, and USAID, we took the first step at the end of the year 2005.


Pimalpaka SAC, work under the formula:

Development of Capabilities + Opportunities = Social Impact

We know that women in rural areas of Peru have potential because of their heritage in different techniques such as weaving with a waist or pedal loom, embroidery, and dyeing. These techniques were inherited from our pre-Inca ancestral cultures and with the pass of time been left aside. In an effort to bring them back, PIMALPAKA groups our artisans and trains them to improve their manual skills, then prepares them with a business vision so that they become formal small enterprises organized to obtain their own income.
The other components for change are the opportunities. PIMALPAKA participates as the main customer of these incubated rural enterprises. This creates a platform that links PIMALPAKA with Karin de la Sierra and rural communities in a productive business relationship treating them as partners. This way we provide the opportunity to improve their lives, their loved ones, and their communities.
Our concept as a brand is an Inclusive Business System that unites with PIMALPALKA with the objective of generating a social impact on the lives of women artisans in rural areas of Peru.

FOUR AREAS OF IMPACT:


KDS family

Nutrition and education
The nutritional health of children is checked periodically. Depending on their height relative to their weight, their mothers are instructed to improve meals and get a nutritional balance from local products. School attendance is also controlled to ensure they get proper instruction thus keeping them from dropping out of school as of child labour. .

KDS homes

With a short-term project in which we are involved with Floreciendo Vidas, NGO’s, and other strategic allies, we focus on the women involved; that they have access to training in the important use of water filters, solar equipment and other useful devices obtained through our partners. This is provided to the families of our artisans through a 50/50 solidary investment system benefiting not just the individual families’ home, but also the environment.

KDS Earth

Our artisans plant and cultivate organic gardens, producing fresh and healthy food to support their nutritional needs.
We have also implemented a program of solid waste management and recycling to provide a better quality of life. Making an alliance with “Basura Responsable”, Responsible Waste, they also learn how to compost garbage, which is the best way to recycle and reduce organic waste pollution.

KDS Community

Local forums are open for people to propose new initiatives that benefit their communities and libraries, where reading is reinforced in children and youth.

FAIR TRADE

Fair Trade is a tangible contributor to the fight against poverty, climate change, and global economic crises. According to The World Bank, more than one billion people still live with a wage of about $1.25 a day. As a member of The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) we believe that trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods, by developing opportunities especially for small and disadvantaged producers. Recurring global economic crises and persistent poverty across the world confirm the demand for a fair and sustainable economy, not just locally but globally.
WTFO prescribes ten principles that we proudly follow in our day-to-day work, which is then carried out and monitored to ensure these principles are upheld.


1.- Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
2.- Transparency and Accountability
3.- Fair Trading Practices
4.- Payment of a Fair Price
5.- Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
6.- Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender equality, and Women’s Economic Empowerment and Freedom of Association.
7.- Ensuring Good Working Conditions
8.- Providing Capacity Building
9.- Promoting Fair Trade
10.- Respect for the Environment

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Development of Capabilities + Opportunities = Social Impact