Purpose

A living and practicing Arhuaco culture with growth opportunities that do not require abandonment of the traditional lifestyle.

 

Nearly all Mama Mochila artisans live as homesteaders, growing their own food in remote mountains and caring for large families.

 

Our model emphasizes gender and generational inclusion, use of low impact materials, fine technique and artistic creativity.

Mama Mochila strengthens Arhuaco families, culture and tradition through the ethical sale of handmade, nature conscious Arhuaco craft.

With your support, Indigenous Arhuaco artisans access the global market, develop new products and preserve their craft heritage.

 

Florinda

 

Villafañe

Yanira

Villafañe

Claudia

 

Villafañe

Benerexa

 

Villafañe

Foundation Advisors

Mama Mochila

Mama Mochila

Cecilia Villafane

Founder and owner of Serankwa, organic coffee and cacao, Cecilia has been our community liaison for nearly a decade.

Yolima Torres

Product developer and custom order guru, Yolima blends innovation and fine traditional technique.

Alex Torres Gaitan

Alex created this website and is behind our branding, video editing and overall project support.

Tatiana Rubio

As an anthropology student, Tatiana kindly donates her time as a tri-lingual translator and project assistant.

Anna Gouznova

In 2016, Anna formed Mama Mochila as a way to respond to the economic and social injustice experienced by Arhuaco families that once shared their homes with her in 2010.

Where would we be without Wendy? Wendy rallies the world about Mama Mochila artisans and their talent! She is our soundboard and cheerleader.

Wendy Backlund

Mama Mochila

Mama Mochila

Heritage Visionaries

Mama Mochila

Yolima

Torres

Blasina

 

Torres

Santiago

 

Izquierdo

Domingo

 

Villafane

Next Generation

Mama Mochila

Diana

 

Villafañe

Dwirkuney

 

Villafañe

Liliana

 

Villafañe

Dia Luz

Maribel

 

Torres

Mary Luz

 

Villafañe

Mayerlis

 

Villafañe

Neji

 

Villafañe

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