“We are the association of artisans known as Panty Pallay. We formed as an organization in April of 2013. We are from Tinque in Ocongate, Cusco. The district of Tinque makes up the center of Ocongate’s ranching area, making it the driver for the development of the population center of Peru. It meets the need to create spaces for commerce and other public services, realized by a Sunday fair in the central plaza and by the number of commercial buildings there. Of course, in the last decade, tourism has been a greater driver for the growth of the area, as Tinque is the starting point for tourists that want to visit the Ausangate mountain range.
“That is why we are entrepreneurs, in order to be able to offer the best to our families and to grow. We formed this beautiful organization when the public institutions called for artisan competitions at the fairs. Always on the lookout for opportunities to participate, we decided to enter and take the risk, because we knew that we would do something great with a lot of effort and work.
“Initially, we were eight women and two men. Our mission as a group is to affiliate and unite artisans to share textile activities, exchanging ideas and art as humans and as artisans that work for the betterment of their community and for the development of our region, promoting its name in all of Peru. We had to work a lot on instilling trust in our buyers. Because of this, we were obligated to form a formal organization with legal documents. In this way, we began our work in a serious and honest manner.
“One of our most difficult challenges that we had as an organization was growing as a business, because obtaining the necessary startup funds was complicated. So, we organized ourselves to participate in competitions, which helped us obtain the budget needed to strengthen ourselves.
“The ways in which our organization has improved the lives of its participants are through our good administration of funds, and having obtained awards in the competitions where we have participated. We are always raising the bar higher to continue improving ourselves and to always remind ourselves to innovate and create new things.
“Due to our hard work, we have achieved the recognition of our artisans as true artists of quality, earning the confidence of those who have pieces from our organization. We are winners of annual artisanal fairs, and we have won the Eco-Friendly Utilitarian Handicrafts Business Plan competition at MINAM+CAF 2016.
“Our work is based in collectivity and the love with which we make our art. We are more than just a team of friends and business partners; we are a family, and we work together to create a harmony that is reflected in our craft. Through our designs, we transmit the richness of Peruvian traditions. Our textiles interpret customs, daily life, fiestas, and the four seasons of the year through their threads. We are very happy that, from our small community, we can share a small piece of ourselves with our clients. Thank you, Novica.”