New faces!

Threads of Peru would like to welcome the following people to our project, we look forward to working with you!

Project Manager & Liaison: Amanda Zenick

Amanda is Threads of Peru’s main point of contact on the ground in Cusco. She manages and supports ToP staff and volunteers.

Amanda Zenick in Rumira Sondormayo

She comes from Southern California but has spent several years living on and off in Peru. Amanda recently completed her Master’s degree in Latin America Studies, which focused on sustainable tourism and artesanía and handcrafts of Peru.  During this period of study she participated in related projects in Trujillo and the Lambayeque area and worked with imported artesanía retailers in the United States.  As an undergraduate Sociology student, Amanda studied and travelled extensively in Mexico, where she fell in love with Latin America and its artisan traditions.

Textiles Project Assistant and Community Liaison:  Fani Karaivanova

As the Textiles Project Assistant and Community Liaison Fani assists our weaving instructor (Daniel Sonqo) with training projects for women’s weaving associations in the communities of Chaullacocha and Rumira Sondomayo, as well as assisting with tasks related to the textile pedidos and entregas.

Fani Karaivanova models a Threads of Peru bag during a recent photo shoot

Fani is from Bulgaria, she speaks English, Spanish, German, Bulgarian and is learning Quechua. She is trained as a sustainable tourism consultant and has worked in International Development projects in Afghanistan.

She has lived and worked in Peru for over two years, seeing a lot of the country through treks with her husband. She is very interested in Andean textiles and is able to both knit and weave. She plans to improve her understanding of Quechuan language and culture through her time spent in the Chaullaccocha and Rumira Sondormayo communities.

Frankie Ginnett

 

Asst. Volunteer Coordinator and Project Assistant: Frankie Ginnett

Frankie began volunteering at TOP in September 2011 and is involved with co-ordinating  volunteers, social media campaigns and visiting the communities.  She is originally from North East England and studied for BA of Spanish with Chinese at Newcastle University.  Outside of her work with ToP, Frankie is improving her Spanish and learning more about Peruvian culture.

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Threads of Peru is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (ngo) registered in Cusco, Peru. The founding members represent the countries of Canada, Australia, and Peru. “Threads of Peru has been created to educate the world about the unique beauty and cultural significance of the Andean people and their textile traditions. Through the web, community tours, and international sales, we connect indigenous Andean weavers of Peru to a global market; contributing to the survival of this art form and to the health and well-being of the people that sustain it.” This is our blog where we write about our community projects and activities with community members. Our website it www.threadsofperu.com

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