A TRIP TO PERU'S RURAL PATAKANCHA VALLEY, IN THE SOUTHERN ANDES, left student Ashley Akins awed by the Quechua people she met and worried about the future of their traditional lifestyle based on farming and textiles. And so she formed two charitable projects. The first purchases fair-priced woven goods and sells them on the international market. Profits are shared between weavers and her second initiative: an education fund that has so far helped 20 young people to attend post-secondary schools.
An exhibit of Akins photography (including this image of Quechua kids using sticks to learn the difference between long and short) appeared this summer in the McPherson Library Gallery. You can learn more about Akins’ work at mosqoy.com.
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