Empowering indigenous women and preserving local traditional textile heritage


Fundación CODESPA


Bolivia Peru

Thematic area

Access to economic resources


Since 2017


The context

Lake Titicaca is located on the border of Bolivia and Peru. Communities in the region, primarily indigenous groups, face chronic poverty and lack access to basic services, including education, healthcare services, and economic opportunities. Additionally, rapid population growth in nearby cities and towns has led to increased pollution and environmental degradation, threatening the livelihoods of local communities.


The project

Fundación CODESPA is working to improve the livelihoods of 700 indigenous women from communities near Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia with high levels of poverty. By training the women in improved textile skills and creating market opportunities for them. CODESPA is increasing their access to economic opportunities. The region has experienced a boom in tourism recently and demand for traditional handicraft products is increasing, representing an important opportunity for economic development.


The support

Fondation CHANEL is supporting Fundación CODESPA to develop a training program for indigenous women in the Lake Titicaca region in Bolivia and Peru. The project not only aims to improve the social and economic inclusion of vulnerable women, but also to preserve the local traditional textile heritage.

The project will provide professional certification for textile skills and sustainable links with local and international demand. Contributing to an increase in income for the women and their families.

The expected results

  • Enhance the textile heritage of 9 rural communities around Lake Titicaca: Identification of local traditional textile products and methods;
  • 700 indigenous women will receive access to quality training and official certifications to strengthen their capacities and increase their access to local and international formal markets;
  • 700 indigenous women will be able to increase their income by 20%;
  • 200 women will join the social enterprise ANYI DESIGN, enabling them to access to international markets under fair conditions.


The partner

Fundación CODESPA is an international non-profit organization that aims to empower the poor by increasing their access to economic and social opportunities, so that they can, through their own work, improve their skills and take charge of their own development.

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