Giving hope to small-scale artisans. 

Pictured above is Nancy and her son Juan Pablo of Arequipa, Peru. Nancy began knitting in a Mother's Circle in 1985 and today employs a dozen other artisans in her community who hand-knit beautiful and complex sweaters and accessories. Nancy is most proud of her intarsia alpaca sweaters. It takes nearly three days for one knitter to create one of these works of art. When we asked Nancy about her dreams for the future, she responded that her biggest dream is "to employ more knitters so more mothers can help their families as I've helped mine."And the icing on the cake? Alpaca is a sustainable resource that generates income - and hope - for small-scale farmers in some of the poorest regions of Peru. Alpaca is nearly as soft as cashmere, but strong as merino wool. Unlike wool, there is no oil or lanolin in the fiber making it odor-free and hypoallergenic. Enjoy these pictures from in and around Arequipa, Peru. A stunningly beautiful Andean city. We took these pictures on one of the many trips we have made to visit our suppliers.