i still have a lot of photos and stories to share from our trip to peru! i finally finished going through all of our photos, so hopefully in the next week or so i can get a few posts together. in the meantime, i wanted to share some images from the time we spent in cuzco visiting a store supported by heifer international! with the help of heifer peru, artisans outside the city have joined forces to form a consortium called the three aplaquitas artisans and have managed to open up this craft shop called three alpacquitas in downtown cuzco. i want to highlight it here on my blog because if you’re ever in the area and are looking for anything alpaca to bring back home with you, this is the kind of store worth visiting and it’s where we stocked up on our gifts for friends and the holidays, especially because everything is handmade by these local artisans. for me, it was also really exciting to visit this place, because it’s amazing to actually see in person how donations can work, and how they help give skills and resources to those in need to create beautiful things with their surroundings and in turn provide for themselves and families.
i know i’ve blogged about heifer international before, and those posts as well as this one are not sponsored in any way, i just love what they are about and what they are doing, and want to bring light to it in a small way. i like that they empower people all over the world by giving them training and help so they can make long-term commitments to achieving self-reliance and change for the better in their lives.
i wanted to bring home all of the beautiful handmade alpaca pieces you see below. the colors and the feel and over all quality is just amazing.
eleanor picked out and brought home this new purple purse. ;) have i told you yet that she’s on a big purse kick? often has two strapped around her neck. they carry her littler toys and very important knick knacks. i just love her little four year old self and the things she’s into right now so much. :)
each tag has the name of the woman who made the item!
if you find yourself in cuzco ever, consider checking it out! the three aplaquitas artisans, at calle san agustin 415.
will share the rest of our stories and photos and videos from peru soon!