I love a great story!
And, the journey of The Andean Collection is one worth knowing. When Amanda Judge, was conducting field research for a Masters’ thesis in 2008 her heart began to stir… she felt convicted to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America.
Her passion combined with her knowledge of poverty reduction strategies in rural South America was the inspiration she needed to birth the Andean Collection. And, Amanda felt that the biggest opportunity for sustainable economic growth was in jewelry making.
Ecuador has a long, rich history of handcrafting jewelry out of rainforest seeds, and there was also a global demand for well-made, one of-kind pieces. The research also showed that access to the global market was crucial to reducing poverty in these areas.
How inspiring that the impact of one young woman’s passion has lead to 60 artisan partnerships across 8 fair trade workshops in Ecuador. The unique blend of natural materials & the skilled craftsmanship of the artisans has developed a bold, handcrafted, on-trend jewelry style.
When you consider the jewels you wear – think about the story behind them.
Is there one?
Consider being a voice that allows folks to emerge from poverty by buying goods with justice minded intention. The Andean Collection has continued to empower artisans & the esteemed brand is soaring in mainstream and sustainable fashion industries.
Visit the Andean Collection to learn more about the social impact & transparency their company in known for!
JOIN THEM IN BELIEVING…POVERTY CAN BE ERADICATED.
*Photography via The Andean Collection