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.
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. …
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.
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
Development of Capabilities + Opportunities = Social Impact