Socio Economic Impact
ALLWINA is an impact-driven and people-centric project.
When it comes to social and economic impact, our thesis is that handicraft production plays a role in tire maintenance of family life and the reduction of rural to urban migration as well as maintaining and valuing culture and traditions. When productive and income-generating activities are available in vulnerable areas, family structures can remain stable and migration is reduced. When rural to urban migration has occurred, handicraft promotion can still play a role by providing opportunities to urban migrants.
We build a strong artisan supply chain by working hand in hand with existing projects that have been working hard for years in the making and are emerging business but strongly established back in South America, so that we can ensure that all parties get their fair share, work freely but responsibly and provide support, especially when difficulties arise.
Artisan’s art is the thread that connects the past with the future. Crafts can play a significant role in expressing the cultural identity of individual groups. Supporting artisans can help balance gender inequality and support local economies as well as preserve and promote regenerative design and culture. Regenerative design is key for sustainable development, we must exist and develop not only without depleting natural resources for the future but also building the capacity for the support systems needed for future growth. Culture diversity and traditions to survive makes us richer and more resilient in both our ability to express ourselves and collaborate meaningfully with others.
We work cooperatively to tackle difficulties and make the craft sector strong and bring handicraft to the fore. South America presents mixed elements when it comes to the craft industry; some helps the craft sector, while others hinder it. On the one hand, South America is rich in traditions, talented people and natural resources, along with a history of political and economic instability, deep poverty, especially the artisan community, everything that creates difficulties and a reduction in opportunities. Latin American countries do not have institutional facilities for promoting the exports of handicrafts.
Multiple precise economic and social benefits can reach communities and towns, due to a Craft-project.
-The more they work in the craft, the more independent they are while their craft traditions create much more cohesion, pride, meaning and dignity in a community.
-When craft producers work locally, they can readily participate in important village development activities and social functions. As a result of a project that supports crafts, emulation occurs, where members of a village work to improve their living conditions after seeing the artisans developing.
- Economically, the more availability of cash, the more domestic consumption increases, giving support to small local businesses while people can cover their needs with the basics-products. Incomes from crafts are usually shared within the family members, not only nuclear family but also and often extended family benefiting more and more people.
- The increase of the craft-income helps to improve housing, nutrition, clothing, and education. The craft activity gives them a better understanding of how to make better use of resources, one example, instead of just herding the sheep they transform their fiber into a world-class product, bonding with the world in the process.
When it comes to design, we focus on one of a kind pieces that can be used for a lifetime and we prioritize the skills of the people involved in the process. Following the seasons imposed by the fashion business made the fashion sector completely unsustainable.
ALLWINA is an indigenous fuelled project. Allwina promotes South American artisans’ economic and emotional independence as part of its impact on local economies.